Future Sound with Arji Manuelpillai

Abram Wilson Foundation offers free lyric-writing seminar for teenagers

Aimed at secondary school students of all musical abilities, a seminar with poet and rapper Arji Manuelpillai builds upon the composition by Oscar Jerome created in the first part of the Abram Wilson Foundation‘s Future Sound series and offers young people the tools to create their own songs.

Future Sound is an award-winning collaboration of musicians, poets and teachers created to develop and inspire young jazz musicians. Piloted in 2018, each project delivers a series of workshops for students who show musical aptitude and ambition but find it difficult to engage in music outside the school environment.

During lockdown, Future Sound Digital’s growing archive of short YouTube videos have found new significance, sharing professional musicians’ life experiences and tricks of the trade. Funded and released by the Abram Wilson music charity and filmed by Lou Jasmine on location and at Spitfire Audio in London, the videos have, so far, included contributions by the aforementioned artists and Sans Souci and are all available to view at: https://www.youtube.com/user/stellarby

The Foundation was established in 2012 by Jennie Wilson, the widow and former manager of the award-winning musician and educator, Abram Wilson, who died of cancer at the age of 38. Since then, she has raised over £400,000 to help over 8000 school students in underprivileged areas of London and Birmingham. She is also a founding trustee of the Durham Music Trust, which supports music education to 18,000 young people in the North East of England.

As she said, ‘My hope for the Abram Wilson Foundation is that we continue Abram’s work of reaching out and inspiring the next generation to become the greatest version of themselves through music.’


The free lyric webinar starts at 4pm on 2 March 2021 and young people can register on YouTube here.

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