We're proud that so many of our projects have brought about real impact, below are some examples.
1. £1.7 Million for Walthamstow's Music Hall.
Through key partnership with places of cultural and heritage significance, when partnered with SoundThread, we build a strong case for arts as articulated through the lens of heritage.
We were delighted to be able to help an ancient Grade II* listed church, Walthamstow’s oldest building, tender for this significant step change fund.
Their building has been at our community's heart for over 900 years. This ambitious project will revive and broaden the daily life of St Mary's, which currently is too little used. Major re-invention of the church will improve access and usability. Urgently structural repairs will secure a long-term future.
These improvements, and refreshed purpose as a ‘Creative Church for a Creative Community’ will enable St Mary’s, with all its rich heritage, to become a busy useful building.
Extensive consultation showed people want to celebrate heritage through Art, Community Music; an extensive network of contributory partners stand ready to deliver an activity programme which chimes with our borough’s vision for accessible arts and culture. Delivering this transformation will bring an incredible diversity of people (in significant numbers), to engage with our heritage in lively life-enhancing ways.
“The Church of St Mary's is absolutely thrilled to be working with SoundThread. Through their bid co-writing our applicantion caught the eye of the funders.”
— Rev Vannessa Conant
2. Critically acclaimed Msafiri Zawose No.1 album.
Peter Gabriel brought Tanzanian musician Dr Hukwe Zawose to European attention during his Real World label’s concerted world music propagation of the 1980s and 1990s. Now Soundthread, an organisation that, among other things, runs arts training programmes in Africa, have put his son Msafiri together with producer Sam Jones.
Father and son both major in “gogo”, the music of the Wagogo people of central Tanzania, but Msafiri’s work, presented here on two richly cut records, one with an info inner sleeve, has a mesmerically more-ish electronic feel, spiked with trumpets and African group singing. It’s the kind of thing you can imagine Ricardo Villalobos or Mungolian Jet Set getting their remix teeth into; intensely percussive music that refuses to kowtow to regular 4/4 beats, but has a enough techno crunch to make a warped sort of clubland sense. Big system music with real difference.
— Thomas H Green, Arts Desk
"Uhamiaji is Zawose’s collaborative album with Santuri East Africa, a local underground network of artists, and producer and co-writer Sam Jones of the cultural organisation Sound read. “ e idea was to take some of Msafri’s music and to put it through the Santuri machine via myself as a producer and co-writer,” Jones explains, “and basically just throw the rule book out.”
Uhamiaji translates as ‘Immigration’ and is about the movement of people. This is reflected musically in the melding of styles and genres. The music feels borderless; the complex rhythms of the traditional music effortlessly weave through sophisticated electronics. Hypnotic instruments like the ilimba (thumb piano) or zeze (fiddle) are complemented by mesmerising, subtle beats. It’s the perfect collusion between traditional and contemporary, Europe and Africa, acoustic and electronic.
— Alexandra Petropoulos, SongLines