Keith Ames

Writer and lyricist

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Kent cricket and golf

I travelled down to Canterbury early this morning to take part in the autumn Kent Legends’ Golf Day. A healthy turnout of 22 teams took part and I lined up alongside Canterbury GC President Kerry, plus local members Neil and Richard. I started well, but scored less well through the middle of the round and finished with 31 points. Our team scored a collective better-ball score of 87 points, not far behind the winning total of 91.

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Sky falling

An amazing trip to Suffolk as Julie, Lisa, Ben and I drove to Beccles Airfield to support Lisa in her skydive over the East Anglian countryside. Sunshine and light breeze greeted her encouraging band of supporters, including her close friend Daniel, her biological father Tim Pepper, his partner Cheryl and her half sisters Charlie and Summer.

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Southbank concert

A very pleasant evening in the company of photographer Jonathan Stewart as we attended Queen Elizabeth Hall on London’s Southbank to enjoy a concert by singer/writer Shawn Colvin and UK rising star, Liverpudlian Robert Vincent. A pleasure to meet violinist Omar Puente at the bar before taking our excellent seats in the superb hall.

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MU summer event

I collected a transit-style van from Europcar in Clapham Road at ten o’clock this morning so that my colleague Jane Austin and I could load and deliver the party items required for the MU Summer Party to the Windmill pub on Clapham Common. These included a life-size cardboard cutout of Donald Trump (for satire purposes), numerous balloons, a tombola and a considerable number of prizes.

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Wigmore Hall

I was kindly invited this afternoon by Victoria Bevan, of PR company Albion Media, to attend a very, very special event at London’s Wigmore Hall this afternoon, featuring speaker Anita Lasker-Wallfisch, her son Raphael Wallfisch (cello) and John York (piano).

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Haslemere Festival

A busy few days on and around the weekend. Friday evening saw Julie, Ben and I attend the Langley Park Boys cricket end-of-season awards BBQ event, while Ben trained at Oak Lodge with Beckenham Town Juniors FC on Saturday morning. We then watched England’s quarter final victory over Sweden at home, before driving to Haslemere in Surrey at half past five this afternoon. We arrived in the town just in time to catch Sour Kix performing to a packed arena on the main stage at the local biennial Festival.

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MPA Summer Party

An entertaining evening courtesy of the Music Publishers’ Association Summer Party, which this year took place in the Battlebridge Room & Terrace at Kings Place in York Way, close to the trade body’s office in Pancras Square. It was a special pleasure to see so many familiar faces amongst the industry throng, including Anna Neale, new elected to BASCA’s Songwriters’ Committee, Laura Ames-Carder, EA to the BPI’s CEO, plus my MU colleague London Branch Officer Sam Jordan.

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This weekend saw my family inviting friends and relations to BenFest2, our second outdoor event in which we stage a themed mini-festival in our garden in Beckenham. Our son Ben turned 12 in May and whilst the event was initiated to mark his birthday, it is now established as taking place in June.  How lucky we were with the weather too, thanks to an early summer heatwave.

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Labour Live

The Labour Party organised this event and promised “a festival of political ideas, with music, art, workshops and conversations.” I arranged for the MU to sponsor the headline act on the second ‘Solidarity’ stage and booked the marvellous She Drew the Gun from Liverpool.

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UK Music Summer Party

Horace Trubridge, Dave Webster, Maddy Radcliff and I represented the MU at the annual UK Music summer event this evening, although on this occasion the venue was the 9th floor in City Hall overlooking Tower Bridge, rather than the gathering’s usual home on the Terrace at the House of Commons.

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