Waltham Forest music project up for Lottery award

May 31, 2011 12:35 pm

A music project based in Waltham Forest has been nominated for ‘Best Arts Project’ in the annual National Lottery awards. The project, ‘The Smiling Sessions’, have reached the semi-final of the awards, and voting is open until Monday 20 June.

‘The Smiling Sessions’ is organised by three local musicians – Pate Baikie, Dick Smith and Alison Jones (who previously organised the Walthamstow Acoustic Massive nights). The musicians visit Libro Court and Wingrove House, homes for elderly people in Chingford, to play music and entertain the residents, and the sessions will also be devliered in Walthamstow in the future. The project received just under £10,000 of Lottery funding (hence the awards).

Voting in the semi-finals is now open to the public (i.e. you!) and it’s free to vote online. More details about the project and a big “Vote Now” button can be found here. Voting closes on Monday 20 June. The Facebook page for ‘The Smiling Sessions’ can be found here, and a BBC News story about the awards can be found here. Alison Jones can be found on Twitter at @alijonesmusic.

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