Residents in outer London will be able to enjoy a series of live music performances after Mayor Boris Johnson announced the London Jazz Festival is to host events in Barnet, Greenwich, Kingston, Newham, Richmond and Waltham Forest.
The events are being financially supported by the Mayor’s office and build on Johnson’s previous promises to ensure outer London is served better by the Greater London Authority. Yesterday Mayor Johnson announced the creation of an ‘Outer London Commission’ to advise him on the needs of outer boroughs.
Speaking on Thursday the Mayor said he wanted “more opportunities for people to enjoy music in the outer boroughs, which are less well served than the centre of town.”
“London has some of the best live music and greatest musicians in the world and I am delighted to be working with the London Jazz Festival to enable jazz fans to have a chance to experience the festival closer to home.’”
Performers scheduled to appear include award-winning vocalists Cleveland Watkiss and Ian Shaw; Roachford, Bashy and Sabrina Washington from Mis-Teeq; Alan Price, Dennis Bovell, as well as Bryn Christopher, who charted this year with The Quest and Smilin’.
Johnson is also urging Londoners to donate unwanted musical instruments and sheet music to the GLA/Time Out No Strings Attached initiative which is aimed at benefiting children and young people who may otherwise be unable to afford them.