Bringing together some of the UK's top musicians, this exciting gig is a fundraiser event for Bang the Drum 2016 and the Street Child Games in Rio. Mike Simpson, Richard Lennox, Raul d'Oliveira, Tom Gregory and Neil Dawson are renouned for their engaging and fun performances and this gig will be no exception! The grand setting of the Ballroom at the Harte & Garter Hotel opposite Windsor Castle will create a wonderful atmosphere and an evening to remember. Get a drink, take a seat and enjoy the entertainment!
- Vibraphone & percussion: Mike Simpson
- Drum kit & percussion: Tom Gregory
- Trumpet, flugal horn and percussion: Raul d'Oliveira
- Piano: Richard Lennox
- Double Bass: Neil Dawson
Plus special guest dancers from London School of Samba!
Video: Raul One Note Samba
Why are we doing this?...
We believe passionately in the charity Street Child United who work with street children around the world, pointing them towards educational opportunities, housing and fundamentally becoming a recognised part of their community. Our aim for this evening is to raise awareness for this charity and the important work they do for street children around the world. No child should have to live on the streets.
Mike Simpson is the Musical Director of Inspire-works where he oversees a team of 24 workshop facilitators who deliver world-music workshops to over 65,000 children each year. Inspire-works are the current Guinness World Records holders for the World’s Largest Samba Band consisting of 1,675 children at the Royal Albert Hall in 2014. Mike is the author of Rhinegold Education’s Teach & Play world-music series and a Senior Examiner for Trinity College London. He studied percussion and jazz vibraphone at Guildhall School of Music & Drama and gamelan in Bali. As a freelance percussionist he has performed many diverse styles of music with groups such as the Philharmonia, English Symphony Orchestra, the Sir Cliff Richard Tour and as a conga player in the London jazz scene. As a composer, he has had his works performed at the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Wembley and Belfast’s Waterfront Hall and published by Oxford University Press.
Raul d'Oliveira is a multi-instrumentalist and has performed extensively with Wham!, George Michael, Sir Elton John & Sir Cliff Richard. Equally at home playing the trumpet or percussion, he studied at the Music Conservatoire in Lisbon Portugal and the Mocidade Samba School in Rio de Janeiro. He is also widely known in the Christian music scene having played regularly with Graham Kendrick, Matt Redman and most worship leaders at major events and recordings.
Richard Lennox is a fast emerging classical crossover artist. A virtuoso Musician who plays everything from Bach to the Beatles, Musical Theatre to Rock and Roll and just about everything else in between, as Master Of The Keys he holds a phenomenal stage presence with the technical ability to truly entertain. He has worked extensively in Theatre, Cabaret and major concert venues across the UK and Europe. During an annual concert at the Royal Albert Hall where he was playing two piano and organ solo’s he was refered to all evening as the ‘Elvis’ of the Piano and the Organ. Last year saw him playing a Double Concerto at the Royal Albert Hall playing Rhapsody in Blue and a Boellman’s Organ Toccata all in the same evening.
Tom Gregory is Inspire-works’ Senior Facilitator with over ten years experience of leading workshops. He is a busy performing musician working in a broad range of musical styles although this year seems to be mostly split between folk and church music. He played percussion on recent Vineyard Records albums. He is also a composer of drum music, providing several exam pieces for the Trinity College London drum kit exams and music for group drumming such as Bateria Para Nova Vida, which was the piece played by Inspire-works’ World's largest Samba Band at the Royal Albert Hall.
Neil Dawson was born in Yorkshire and grew up in London. He started playing piano at 11 and the double bass at 13. He studied at Kings College, London and the Royal College of Music. As a freelance orchestral musician he has played all over Europe with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal, Philharmonic Orchestra, All Souls Orchestra, New Cologne Philharmonia, Carl Rosa Opera and even Cliff Richard. As a jazz musician, he has freelanced across London and formed the East London-based jazz collective, Raging Band. As a composer and arranger his works have been performed all across the UK including at the Royal Albert Hall. He lives in London with his wife Becky and three lively boys, Oscar, Isaac and Josiah.
Street Child United
Street Child United believes in a world in which street children have access to the rights that every child deserves. A world in which they are protected, supported and given opportunities to realise their potential. They work to challenge the negative perceptions of street children transforming the way they are treated. Street Child United does this by harnessing the power of sport, the arts and children’s voices to deliver international sporting events for street children to powerfully demonstrate their potential and bring the challenges and injustices they face onto the global agenda.
They position their international events to take place ahead of the world’s biggest sporting events such as the FIFA World Cup and Olympic Games enabling them to attract widespread media coverage amplifying their message across the globe and creating real change for street children.
Street Child United's flagship event, and where their journey for street children’s rights began, is the Street Child World Cup which takes place every four years ahead of the FIFA World Cup in the city of the host nation.
Street Child Untied are now planning their next global initiative championing the rights of street children. Ahead of the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil they will host the first ever Street Child Games. To find out more, click here.
In March 2016 Mike Simpson and fellow Inspire-works Facilitator, Tom Gregory, will be going to the Street Child Games in Rio de Janeiro to teach the teams of street children some drumming as part of the arts programme.
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No child should have to live on the streets