Barking-born YolanDa Brown to perform charity concerts with Royal Philharmonic

PUBLISHED: 11:30 11 February 2012

Barking-born YolanDa Brown will be playing two concert at the HMV Hammersmith Apollo. Picture: Ikenna Mokwe

Barking-born YolanDa Brown will be playing two concert at the HMV Hammersmith Apollo. Picture: Ikenna Mokwe


A Barking-born musician will be performing two concerts next week in aid of a charity fighting child poverty.

Saxophonist YolanDa Brown will be accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra during the shows at the HMV Hammersmith Apollo on February 14 and February 17.

A £1 donation from every ticket sold will go to Plan UK, a global charity fighting child poverty in the world’s poorest communities.

YolanDa, who won MOBO awards for Best Jazz in 2008 and 2009, is an ambassador for Plan UK’s Because I am a Girl campaign, which highlights the plight of girls forced to become child brides, meaning they are far more likely to drop out of school and suffer health complications from early pregnancies.

The 28-year-old said: “Music, jazz in particular, has made such a massive difference to my life. So it means a great deal to be able to use it to make a difference to young people in whatever way I can.

“It is an honour to champion a charity that works closely with children and young people to fight poverty and its causes in poorer parts of the world.

“I was shocked when Plan told me about the large numbers of girls – tens of millions - who are missing out on primary and secondary education in the developing world.

“The charity has set up a fund that provides educational opportunities to girls in marginalised communities. So I decided to get involved and back their efforts.”

YolanDa will welcome a number of special guests to her shows, including Ian Shaw, Omar and Mica Paris.

Adam Short, head of advocacy and campaign at Plan UK, said: “YolanDa’s generosity and support is a welcome boost for our campaign and we are thrilled to have her engaged in our push for free quality education for the world’s poorest girls.

“It’s heart-warming to see YolanDa use her passion for jazz as a means to help raise awareness of, and support for our cause.”

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