World Heart Beat Music Academy brings together young people, aged 5-25, with world-class musicians to share their love of music.
The registered charity was awarded space in Embassy Gardens in 2018 by Wandsworth Council and local developers EcoWorld Ballymore from a competitive field of 42 cultural organisations. The building has a 50-year lease at £1 a year.
World Heart Beat are now working on construction of these new premises near to the US Embassy and the new Nine Elms Tube station. The new space will benefit thousands of young people, many from disadvantaged backgrounds in the local area and across the borough of Wandsworth.
The new Embassy Gardens music centre will be a centre for musical excellence, providing thousands more students with music education whilst doubling teaching capacity each year. It will allow World Heart Beat to continue with their community-informed approach to engage young people and residents in the Nine Elms area including those living in the nearby Patmore, Savona, Carey Gardens, Doddington and Rollo estates.
They are raising funds to help provide top quality recording studios and kit, enabling the charity to record students’ first EPs and together with their industry partners, teach a range of music industry skills such as sound engineering.
The new centre will be the first public concert hall to open in London since 2008, equipped with state-of-the-art technology. The high-quality acoustics and performance space will provide a platform for an array of artists, from students to young people at the very start of their careers, and ‘household names’ performing everything from western classical, to Indian music, jazz, and more.
Main construction on the site began on Monday 8 November 2021 with a target date for completion in spring 2022, ready for launch in autumn 2022.
World Heart Beat joins several other ‘cultural anchor’ tenants such as Matt’s Gallery, Chocolate Films and Theatre503 as they begin to move into new premises in the regeneration area.