In December 2011, Ed Renshaw, the son of British clothes designer Margaret Howell, committed suicide following a long bout of depression. Ed was a gifted musician. He was 30.
Ed, who had been playing guitar since the age of ten had a rare talent for the instrument, equally fluent in classical, jazz and other styles he had achieved international recognition and had a bright future ahead of him. Despite the mentoring and support he received from the music business, family and friends, Ed suffered from a lack of self-esteem.
Set up in memory of Renshaw by his family and friends in 2012, the Ed Renshaw Award aims to help young musicians (some of whom have mental health issues) in South East London – Ed’s home – to achieve their potential. The Albany, based in the heart of Deptford has been proud to host the bi-annual fundraising concerts that have seen the likes of Alec Dankworth, Beth Orton and Chris Difford (Squeeze) perform.
This year, The Albany will host four extraordinary concerts including a special Gala night featuring a solo show from internationally acclaimed guitarist Steve Howe who performs in the intimate setting of the Albany’s in-the-round space.
London-born Howe played an integral role in shaping the sound of Yes (who in 2017 were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame) and Asia, two of the world’s most beloved and successful progressive rock bands. Known for his eclectic style that spans everything from blues to jazz to rock, Howe has written some of the most recognisable guitar riffs in rock history. The gifted guitarist has also enjoyed a long and prolific career as a solo artist with more than a dozen studio albums to his credit.
Other performers in the series include Steve Howe (solo), Omar Puente Sextet, Transglobal Underground featuring Natasha Atlas, and Riot Jazz Brass Band. Each show will be preceded by a short set from one of four recipients of this year’s award.
Buy Tickets: https://www.thealbany.org.uk/book-online/191579
‘EVENINGS FOR ED’
Four fundraising concerts for the Ed Renshaw Award. Set-up in memory of Renshaw by his family and friends in 2012, the Ed Renshaw Music Award is intended to help young musicians, aged 16 – 25, in South East London to achieve their potential.
Weds 31 Oct Steve Howe (solo)
Thursday 1 November Omar Puente Sextet
Friday 2 November Riot Jazz Brass Band
Saturday 3 November Transglobal Underground featuring Natasha Atlas.
The series of events will be supported by four Ed Renshaw Award Winners:
Amar-Reece Hanlan, Sasha Thomas, Sabrina Obiago and Jack Patchett