Welcome to the New Year!

We hope that you had a safe, happy and blessed Christmas and New Year. We realise last year continued to be a little crazy. For us, 2022, was an amazing year and we just want to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone. Thank you to our staff, team, young people, Trustees, parents, BFF supporters, funders, clients and audiences. You helped us continue to excel, provide brilliant opportunities for young people and create some banging music!

A few of last year’s highlights included:

  • Performing at the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee as the “loudest band”, with our friends from Oi Musica and hundreds of River of Hope flag wavers.
  • Playing “Legacy” live at the BBC and on stage at the London Jazz Festival whilst we celebrated alumni Mark Kavuma launching his own record label.
  • Doubling our staff team with alumni Khush, Millie and Elizabeth joining us in the office
  • Summer School returned big time with Junior and Senior both at capacity with amazing performances and heaps of new young people joining us.
  • Notting Hill was back….and it didn’t rain on us!!!
  • We had a brilliant new cohort go through our Leadership Programme and are excited to see their journey develop.
  • And we were successful in gaining NPO status again with the Arts Council!! And alongside two other big new contracts we are looking healthy and very busy for 2023!!

I’d like to say a personal thank you to the incredible Shayanna Dyer-Harris and Aneira Jenkins, without whom, nothing would happen!

And finally just to say that we are pumped for this New Year and have lots of exciting things to come. We’ll catch you all soon hopefully!

With love,

Tamzyn and the team xx