RECENT NEWS : 2015

 

2015 has been another busy year for Groove Academy.  We've already participated in a number of events, performances and projects since January and look forward to several more throughout 2015.
 
For more details follow us on our News page below.
 
Hope to see you  there!
 
Richmond Community Awards 2015

 

Angela was delighted to have been nominated by parents and young people she works with in Groove Academy and in the local community and received the good news that she had won an award.

 

The Award Ceremony takes place on Sunday 6th September at York House where all the winners, will be awarded with commemorative lapels and tickets to France vs Italy at Twickenham stadium during this autumn's Rugby World Cup.

 

 

 
The Hampton Music Festival & Our Big Gig

 

On the weekend 10th to 12th July, 2015, we saw our very first Hampton Music Festival take place.

 

Hampton Youth Project was the venue for the first two events of the weekend - a Music Taster for primary school children, which was well attended by youngsters and parents alike and a Youth Band/Artist night where young local musicians performed a variety of genres throughout the evening on Friday 10th July, '15.

 

Saturday 11th July and the Fulmer Close Fun Day was held in Hampton Common.

 

Sunday 12th  the new Hampton Square was once again home to Our Big Gig, a music concert with lots of home grown talent, both young and old, who performed throughout the day.

 

The Festival ended with a gig at The Hampton Pub, finishing up at 11pm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Summertime Madness

Impromptu Bass & Drums Jamming with Groove Academy & Guests. Some happy moments this summer with Groove Academy and guests at a number of our events including Kingston International Youth Arts Festival, including the Open Mic evenings at Woody's and Las Iguanas, our end-of-season concert and the Hampton music festival and Our Big Gig.

 

You might notice one of the video clips was taken with someone with an extremely shaky hand. The result (after some stabilizing attempts)....LO FI VHS....sorry kids!

 
 

HAMPTON MUSIC FESTIVAL AND OUR BIG GIG POSTER - 2015

KINGSTON INT. YOUTH ARTS FESTIVAL 2015 -THE BUZZ PROJECT LINE UP (INC. OUR VERY OWN SAM AND INDIA

Rock House Band Nights
 

Fridays 9th October / 13th November / 11th December

 
 
Open Mics
 
Sunday 27th September /  Further dates TBC
 
 
The Basement
 

Queen Elizabeth Road, Kingston, KT2 6RJ

 
 
In partnership with Groove Academy, YMCA
and Rock House Music

BILLIE BLACK

 

Former Groove Academy student, Billie, is busy making a name for herself in the music industry.  She has recently released her EP 'Teach Me' and has also just finished touring with Jack Garratt as his support act.

 

We look forward to hearing more from Billie over the coming year and wish her well with her career.

 

Check out some of her music videos below.

HAMPTON VILLAGE MEETING

 

2nd February, 2015

We were invited to participate in the Hampton Village meeting held at Hampton Junior School on Monday 2nd February, 2015 to promote our work.  

 

Angela put together a collage of some of the awards, medals and certificates we've received over the years, along with some newspaper articles, photographs and CD covers.  

 

It was great to see just how much we've done and how many great opportunities our young people have had over the years.

 

Groove Academy Summer Showcase
 
The Basement Door
 
18th July, 2015

Our summer concert  is on Saturday 18th July, '15 at The Basement Door, The Vineyard Life Church, Richmond.  Doors open at 7.30pm

 

Our members have been busy working on some great original material which they will showcase at this great music venue in the heart of Richmond Hill.

 

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Kingston International Youth Arts Festival
 
Woody's Bar & Kitchen
 
 
 
 
 
8th & 15th July, 2015

Come and see our young singer / songwriters perform at Woody's Bar and Kitchen, Kingston from 7pm to 8pm.  

 

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Kingston International Youth Arts Festival
 
Las Iguanas
 
7th & 14th July, 2015

Come and see our young singer / songwriters perform at Las Iguanas from 6pm to 7pm.  

 

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information on the venue.

 

 

Our Big Gig returns to Hampton
 
10th - 12th July, 2015
Kingston International Youth Arts Festival
 
Marketplace Kingston
 
5th July, 2015

Pulse, our senior band will be performing at The Marketplace Kingston from 12.45pm to 13.15pm.  

 

 

 

 

Our Big Gig is a community music celebration taking place across England from the 10th - 12th July 2015. This annual event aims to bring communities together to celebrate their local musical talents and get more people involved in music making.

For more info on Our Big Gig and Superact please click on the buttons below:

 

 

 

 

 

 

This year promises to be even bigger and better with five different events over the whole weekend.   

 

See more details below.

 

 

 

Tangley Park Family Centre

Music Taster Session
(Primary School Children)
 
3.30pm to 5pm
 
Hampton Youth Project
 
10th July, 2015
 
 
 In partnership with Groove Academy, Hampton Youth Project 
and Tangley Park Family Centre
Youth Band Night
(11 - 18's)
 
8pm to 11pm
 
Hampton Youth Project
 
10th July, 2015
 
In partnership with Groove Academy,Hampton 
Youth Project, YMCA and Rock House Music
Fulmer Close
Community Fun Day
(Fun for all the Family)
 
Noon to 4pm
 
Hampton Common
 
 
11th July, 2015
 
 
Brought to Hampton by Fulmer Close Residents
Association and Paragon Housing
 
 

IFULMER CLOSE RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION

Our Big Gig &
Community Fun Day
(Fun for all the Family)
 
10am to 8pm
 
Hampton Square
 
 
12th July, 2015
 
In partnership with:
 
 
 
 

 

TANGLEY PARK FAMILY CENTRE

 

FULMER CLOSE RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION

 

 

Local Business Sponsors:

 

Pub on the Square Gig

 
8.30pm to Midnight
 
Hampton Pub
 
 
12th July, 2015
 
In partnership with Groove Academy and The Hampton Pub
Walpole ParkEaling
 
10am to 5pm, 13th June, 2015
 
Our Big Gig EXTRA brought the community of Ealing together through music, with a series of workshops at Acton Community Forum from April 2015 onwards, and a FREE outdoor music festival.
 
 
 
 

 

 

               

                    Shooting Star Chase  

                 Workshop & Performance

 

 

                  Friday 22nd May, 2015

 

 

Groove Academy were invited to come and give a performance and workshop at the Shooting Star Chase Youth Club.

 

Euphoria, our Wednesday band, came along to perform and Mark gave a percussion workshop.

 

A big thank you to Shooting Star Chase for inviting us along and for providing us with dinner!!!!

 

BAND  NIGHT
 
The Basement Door
 
4th April, 2015

Pulse, our Senior band, were the headline act at The Basement Door, Richmond.  It was a great event, with lots of fantastic performances from young local artists including Joe Papworth and Rosie Dilworth.

 

           

 

Teddinton Baptist Church

 

 

Workshop Series & Performance

 

January - March, 2015

 

 

Mark & Angela led a series of five workshops ending with a performance  by the young people who attended.

 

It was a great opportunity to work with a new group of young people who had a lot of musical talent.

 

 

Final Summit and 
Euphoria 

28th February / 1 March, 2015

 

 

 

Final Summit, our Monday night rock band, performed in the Music for Youth Regional Festival Series, 2015 (Rock, Pop & Urban category) at Rich Mix in Bethnal Green in front of a panel of industry professionals who critiqued their performance.  

 

Euphoria the newest band within Groove Academy, with an energetic blues fusion sound entered the Festival by recorded entry (a video of their ten minute performance. 

 

Whilst we didn't reach the Finals it was a great opportunity to perform and show what we had been working on.

 

Well done to both bands!!!