2019 is full of promise with projects and ideas coming to fruition. The first is the creation of Vellamo Quartet, fusing baroque and folk music with three fantastic Swedish musicians with a huge list of credentials to their names, but more importantly enthusiasm and warmth for this project I've been nursing for years. First rehearsals in February! Bonnendis is going on a mini international tour to launch our first album (17-20 April 2019). Official launch date: 17 April at Balabam, London. Things seem to be cooking on the Världens Band front, but no official details to share as of now. At University of Lincoln, a new semester is about to start with a great bunch of enthusiastic students. The big project will be putting on the second edition of Nebula Festival as part of the 3rd years' module I lead. The Guild Sessions are still going strong with a fantastic Spring season, starting tonight. We put on a fantastic annual banquet with the Near East Collective just before Christmas and sold out. We're already planning next year's big event. Finally the Global Sound Sessions are going strong with music from Spain (Leo Power and Pablo Dominguez), Nepal (Namlo) and Italy (Amaraterra). It's going to be a fun few months!