Newham Acoustic: Free Concert Series, 17-21 June

2 June 2024

Experience a week of classical, jazz and folk music with Newham Music and BTL Jazz

From 17-21 June, enjoy a series of free concerts at Newham Music Hub: Westfield Stratford City at 1-1.45pm and 4-4.45pm daily.  Bring your lunch or a coffee and drop in – no booking required.

We’ll finish off the week on Make Music Day with a 7pm performance by Colombian vocalist and guitarist Jenny Parra


The Artists 

The concert series opens with dynamic and innovative violinist Benet McLean – one of the most highly regarded contemporary musicians in British jazz. 

Boubakiki brings an eclectic musical mix – from atmospheric, serene textures to upbeat earworms, drawing influence from jazz, folk, classical and non-Western musical traditions.

Zayn Mohammed presents an intimate concert of heart-felt solo performances, on rarely heard instruments such as the North-Indian plucked lute – the Sarode, the Central-Asian Lute – the Ud, and the Turkish reed-flute – the Ney. 

Newham Music’s new baby grand piano will be showcased by soloists Zoe CaroleAssociate Musical Director for SIX The Musical – and Robert Mitchell, the award-winning multi-faceted creator, pianist, keyboardist, composer, improviser, writer and poet.

Performing a duet, we welcome London-based classically trained soprano, Melody Compton, and Principal Harp player of the Chineke! Orchestra, Ruby Aspinall

GoChan are a dynamic musical duo comprising Ericka Go, a powerhouse vocalist from the Philippines, and Nathan Chan, an Australian multi-instrumentalist, who blend elements of Soul, R&B, and Folk with their Gospel roots. 

Divyanand Caird is a London based Indian Classical Musician of the Karnatak (Carnatic) Music genre specialising in the Saraswati Vina (South Indian Lute).

On 21 June, we celebrate Make Music Day with three acts. Bezique perform a variety of acoustic jazz and café music from around the world. Their repertoire includes music by Django Reinhardt, Richard Galliano, Bireli Lagrene, and others, as well as original compositions.

We’ll hear Finnish singer-songwriter Kerttu, with her powerful yet delicate voice and charming guitar work. To close the series, Jenny Parra Colombian vocalist and guitarist – dives into pieces of Latin American folk music offering to her audience a musical journey in a vocal-acoustic format. 


At a Glance

Monday 17 June 

1pm Benet McLean – jazz violin trio 

4pm Boubakiki – saxophone and handpan duo


Tuesday 18 June 

1pm Zayn Mohammed – solo Turkish instruments  

4pm Zoe Carole – solo piano


Wednesday 19 June 

1pm Robert Mitchell – solo Acoustic piano

 4pm Divyanand Caird – Saraswati Vina


Thursday 20 June 

1pm Melody Compton & Ruby Aspinall – opera singing and harp duet 

4pm GoChanSoul, R&B, and Folk with Gospel roots


Friday 21 June 

1pm BeziqueNu-Gypsy Acoustic Jazz

4pm Kerttu – Finnish singer-songwriter

7pm Jenny ParraColombian folk vocalist and guitarist 


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