Keith Ames

Writer and lyricist

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Labour Party Conference

I travelled by train to Liverpool on Friday 21 September, to attend and work at this year’s Labour Party Conference taking place at the Arena and Convention Centre in the Royal Albert Docks. Having dropped off my case at the Novotel in Hanover Street, the base for the MU team at the event, I walked down to the Conference venue where I met Neil Davies and Derek of Modular Exhibition Stands, who that morning had expertly installed a brand new stand on behalf of the MU.

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The Musician (autumn 18)

The autumn 2018 issue of The Musician, featuring a wraparound cover photograph of percussionist and West End stalwart Matthew West, is being dispatched solely to MU members this week. The award-winning format boasts its range of features, interviews, reports and information for working musicians across the UK.

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Council of Music Makers

I attended the launch of the Council of Music Makers (CMM) at the Strongroom, Shoreditch this afternoon alongside my colleague Naomi Pohl, Assistant General Secretary of the MU.  The collective involves the Union, BASCA, FAC, MMF and MPG. The CMM has been set up to lobby on behalf of creators and performers in the music industry.

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Zero X

‘You wanna put a fruity
where the sun don’t shine,
tell me I’m a cutie
and that I won’t mind,
look upon a beauty
and you may just find
I care.’

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Last Night of the Proms

Courtesy of my booking an advertisement for the MU in the Proms programme (140,000 copies on sale throughout the eighth weeks of concerts and events), I was offered two complimentary tickets to the Last Night concert at the Royal Albert Hall this evening.

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Denham GC

At the kind invitation of Peter Leathem, CEO of music industry trade body PPL, I attended the annual PPL / PRS for Music golf event today at Denham Golf Club in Buckinghamshire. I arrived at 7.15am in good time for a tray of coffee and bacon rolls, with the ‘shotgun’ tee off scheduled for 8.30.

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Night on the town

Following a few productive hours at MU HQ in Clapham Road, including a catch-up with former industry manager Pete Jenner (Pink Floyd, The Clash, Billy Bragg), I drove into the West End in the early evening and secured a table outside Bar Italia in Frith Street, Soho.  A prime spot for watching the local media personalities mingling with the early nightlife characters in the centre of town.

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Langley Park GC

As I am looking to join a local golf club, I arranged to spent the morning playing a trial round with the weekly ‘newbie’ group at Langley Park Golf Club in Beckenham. I met my contact Richard Jones who introduced me to the four players who had arrived for a game this week.

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The Warren JFC

Ben was kindly recommended to The Warren Junior Football Club by Alan Duncan, a coach at Beckenham Town JFC, and after a first turnout at training last Saturday, today he signed up for the season with the Club and is looking forward to the upcoming competitive matches.

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Parliamentary Jazz

I caught the tube from the MU offices in the Oval and travelled on the Northern Line into the West End at lunchtime today to attend the voting panel for this year’s Parliamentary Jazz Awards at Pizza Express in Dean Street, Soho.  I have been a member of this panel for a considerable number of years and the event is smoothly co-ordinated by trumpeter and ex-Jazz Services supremo , Chris Hodgkins.

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