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Piano lessons

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Learn to play the piano with Annette Walker in SE London. Adult beginners welcome. You’re never too old to start learning the piano. Think of it this way, if you start at 50 and are still playing at 90 that’s 40 years of practice! Classical, jazz, pop, rock, gospel… it’s all music! The magic ingredients for learning are enthusiasm and having the motivation to practice.

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Click Boom Phee

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A new jazz-influenced, versatile duo/trio exploring music with tap dance (click), bass (boom) and sax/flute (phee). With Annette on taps and Gary Crosby on bass.

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London Tap Jam

London Tap Jam

Tickets £10 on the door, £8 in advance through our partner DesignMyNight. Participating dancers and musicians pay £6 on the door. Doors open 7pm and the jam starts at 8pm. Tap dancers can join in the free Renegade Stage class

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Piano lessons: I-Play Music Centre

I-Play Music

From September 2016 I’ll be starting my first teaching piano/keyboard lessons at I-Play Music centre in Surrey. After many early years of classical piano study and later years studying and playing jazz, pop, gospel and other styles I’m excited to be able to pass on and share my continuously growing knowledge and experience with others.

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Old Kent Road Tap Dance Company

Old Kent Road Tap Dance Company, photo from Brighton Festival Gala Sept 2015

Watch the promo video of Old Kent Road’s Fall Out following our debut performance at The Place’s Resolution! in February 2015.

For more information about the company please visit Avalon Rathgeb’s contact page

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CB Johnson Big Band (previously WTW Big Band)

CB Johnson directing the WTW Big Band, Arlington Sq, 2013

2020 update: The WTW Big Band was renamed the CB Johnson Big Band in 2019 in honour of the late CB “Cool” Johnson who was the Music Director for many years and an integral member of the music community. CB was a kind and generous musician and facilitator that generated a safe and nurturing environment for new and existing musicians alike and will be greatly missed. RIP CB.

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Gigs galore: Film, Circus, Music and Tap dance

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Is it possible for me to learn a piano Latin jazz number, based on a Oscar Peterson version, and two songs in time for the debut performance of a new tap company? How about trying my hand at compering for a circus cabaret? Now seems like a good time to take on my first ever physically demanding, feature film job. And while I’m at it, why not throw in a couple of solo guest featured tap dance gigs? Let’s not forget about learning and playing the keyboard in a band for a music gig at the RFH. All in just over one month? Go!

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Nick Zinner: 41 Strings

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Lo and behold I have parts to learn to play in the string orchestra, to be performed at the Royal Festival Hall on Friday 20th June. My first time playing in in this iconic hall. Excited much? You betcha!

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Venus Nights

Venus Nights - Photo by Robert Youngson

Sunday 30th March, 7:30pm showtime, London’s Hippodrome Casino, Leicester Square. I had a thoroughly fantastic time sharing the stage with talented female musicians at an event for women’s charities.

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The Tipton Project

Cabaret style duo act Annette Walker and Natalie Verhaegen bring you their set of original jazz music arrangements which includes rhythm tap dance and an amazing aerial act

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