Ambassadorial and trusteeship role for Ayanna Witter-Johnson at the London Music Fund

Acclaimed cellist and singer Ayanna Witter-Johnson, top, best known for collaborations with Anoushka Shankar is newly announced as an ambassador and trustee for the award-winning music education charity the London Music Fund (patron: the Mayor of …

Published: 18 May 2022. Updated: 4 months.

Acclaimed cellist and singer Ayanna Witter-Johnson, top, best known for collaborations with Anoushka Shankar is newly announced as an ambassador and trustee for the award-winning music education charity the London Music Fund (patron: the Mayor of London) founded in 2011 and whose trustees also include Simon Cowell, Nicola Benedetti CBE and jazz saxophonist TV presenter YolanDa Brown.

The charity's mission is officially stated as aiming ''to transform under-served communities by enabling children to access high-quality music education.''

Ayanna, who very memorably appeared with Cleveland Watkiss for Cleveland's London Jazz Festival 60th birthday show in 2019, joins young musicians at the next workshop in the Royal Academy of Music on Sunday 3 July to celebrate the graduation of the 2018 cohort as they reach the end of their four years on the London Music Fund-backed programme.

"As a Londoner myself, I fully understand the importance of supporting young musicians in the capital on their musical journey,'' Ayanna says. Justine Simons OBE, Deputy Mayor of London for Culture and the Creative Industries adds that she feels that the musician ''will be a brilliant role model and inspiration to young musicians across the capital."

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Preview: Sunday lunch with Katriona Taylor, Ronnie Scott's, 26 June

Katriona Taylor's latest album Blind Passion released back in the autumn is themed around blind singers and inspired by Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, José Feliciano and Diane Schuur – Katriona herself is visually impaired and registered blind. …

Published: 18 May 2022. Updated: 4 months.

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Katriona Taylor's latest album Blind Passion released back in the autumn is themed around blind singers and inspired by Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, José Feliciano and Diane Schuur – Katriona herself is visually impaired and registered blind.

More than a decade since Precious Time, the singer sounds positively in the pink. A former solicitor, daughter of top tennis player Roger Taylor, Katriona has become a mum of two and battled breast cancer in recent years.

Best by a mile and worth the purchase of Blind Passion alone is a stripped back treatment of Leon Russell's 'A Song For You' à-la-Brother Ray. Another firm highlight is ‘As You See Me Now’ that Jools Holland has performed with José Feliciano. All in all, an achievement to savour.

Gig details: Ronnie's doors open on Sunday 26 June at noon. In the singer's five-piece for the show listed are saxist-flautist Vasilis Xenopoulos, pianist Peter Hammond, bassist Dave Jones, drummer Chris Nickolls and percussionist Matt Hodge. Katriona Taylor, top. Photo: Stargardt's Connected