Next Generation Takes Over

LONDON Southbank Centre / The Clore Ballroom
Belvedere Road


Our Next Generation Takes Over showcase gives audiences a first chance to hear the rising stars of tomorrow. This event celebrates emerging talent, profiling the incredible music made by young people across the UK and providing exciting opportunities for collaboration with professional musicians. 

Please see below for details of each act and timings: 

12:00 - ArtsTrain

ArtsTrain is a unique and pioneering creative music programme managed by a leading social enterprise Mytime Active. Their programme supports children and young people in outer/South East London, targeting those who are often not engaged in formal music-making and face challenging circumstances.

The group are proud to present a series of original compositions written by young people on the topic of youth activism and the environment. This performance will give the young musicians a platform to share their ideas to a live audience. 

13:30 - AKA Singers

The Tri-borough Music Hub’s contemporary vocal ensemble, AKA Singers, features young people aged between 11-18 from the London Boroughs of Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster. The group perform regularly at major London venues, including past performances in the EFG London Jazz festival and with Jake Bugg at the Royal Albert Hall.

For this performance, the group will be working with Jazz FM vocalist of the year Cherise Adams-Burnett to showcase several new musical arrangements.

15:00 - Wandsworth Jazz Orchestra

Wandsworth Jazz Orchestra was formed in 2015 as part of Wandsworth Music Academy. The Music Academy is run by Wandsworth Schools’ Music Service with an aim to provide quality music education and performance experience to young musicians in South London. Under the direction of Olly Blackman, the Wandsworth Jazz Orchestra tackles a huge range of big band repertoire, while honing ensemble technique, stylistic interpretation and improvisation skills. The talented young musicians have performed at the Royal Festival Hall, the All England Lawn Tennis Club, the London Jazz Festival and regularly appear at the Hideaway Jazz Club in Streatham. 

The Wandsworth Jazz Orchestra is excited to be working with guest artist Josephine Davies for their performance, where they will be showcasing a range of pieces including a new composition created from the students own musical ideas.

16:30 - Royal Academy Junior Jazz 

The Royal Academy Junior Jazz course
was established in 2003 to help to develop students of school age with a strong interest in jazz. Practical sessions focus on improvisation, study of harmonic and rhythmic elements and playing in a variety of styles. 

The collective have been working with course leader Gareth Lockrane and Saxophonist Matt Anderson to develop their repertoire for this performance. 

18:00 - Youthsayers

Youthsayers is a creative music opportunity for young people aged between 11 to 18 year olds living in the Lambeth area and is based at Raw Material Music and Media in Brixton. The project was created in 2016 by Robin Hopcraft and Idris Rahman from London based band Soothsayers, funded by Arts Council England.

The group have been collaborating with Jason Yarde in advance of the performance.