Stormont

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I had a brilliant time in Belfast attending the Law Centres Network annual conference, which took place on the 10th and 11th of November 2016. The conference heard from a range of distinguished speakers including Martha Spurrier, Director of Liberty; Les Allamby, the Chief Commissioner for the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission and Claire Sugden, the Northern Ireland Justice Minister. The highlight of my trip was visiting Stormont Castle for the official dinner. Stormont is the home of the Northern Ireland Assembly and the place where the Good Friday Agreement was signed in 1998. A stunning building!

2016 Black British Business Awards

bbbaA belated congratulations to all the fantastic finalists and winners at the 2016 Black British Business Awards, which took place on the 6th of October. I was especially delighted that Chichi Nwanoku MBE, founder of the brilliant Chineke Orchestra (with whom I’m pictured below) won the Business Person of the Year award.

chichiThank you again to Dennis Owusu-Sem of Success Talks for his hospitality.

Chineke! Orchestra at the Southbank Centre

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I spent a glorious afternoon and evening at London’s Royal Festival Hall (my favourite place in London) earlier this month watching two magnificent performances by the juniors and adults from the Chineke! Foundation Orchestra.

I was very excited to attend this concert as I played the piano, the cello and the steel pans throughout my childhood. My evenings and weekends were spent either practising or performing at concerts. At my secondary school, Walthamstow School for Girls, I was never out of the music corridor apart from when I had compulsory lessons or was playing netball. Music was my (childhood and young adult) life.  Continue reading “Chineke! Orchestra at the Southbank Centre”

White River Blues

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I’m very proud of my mother Jane Grell, who recently launched ‘White River Blues‘ her second collection of adult poems. I was delighted that mum received strong support from Janet Charles, Acting Dominican High Commissioner to the UK (pictured above with mum and I) who kindly hosted the launch at the (Commonwealth of) Dominica High Commission. Please watch and enjoy this wonderful short video of the launch, made by Opello Media.