Keith Ames

Writer and lyricist

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Variety is the Spice

I began an interesting working day at the MU’s HQ in Clapham Road, alongside my colleague Maddy Radcliff, presenting to the Union’s Executive Committee video snapshots of the PR coverage we had secured in partnership with our agency Kindred in the last 24 hours.  These included excerpts from Sky News and Channel 5 featuring composer David Arnold and General Secretary Horace Trubridge.

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Music in education

In partnership with the team at PR agency Kindred, the MU launched a campaign today to bring attention to the decline in music tuition in recent years, especially for those families on lower incomes who cannot afford private tuition.

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Young driver experience

Following a morning training with The Warren football club in West Wickham Common, and a fry-up at T’s Cafe in Eden Park, my son Ben was on his way with Julie, Lisa and I to Bluewater Shopping Centre near Dartford for a late birthday treat. This consisted of a 30 minutes ‘Young Driver’ lesson in a dual-controlled Vauxhall Corsa around the track laid out in the Thames Walk car park.

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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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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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In Ziggy’s footsteps

At lunchtime today, Julie, Lisa, Ben and I could be found at Beckenham Junction Station making up a group of 12 led by Kat Webb on her regular walk around the town, ‘In Ziggy’s footsteps.’  Kat has been taking groups around his old haunts for over two years and she proved an entertaining host with her combination of photos and stories.

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