A Wandsworth music education charity has fended off competition from 42 organisations to become a cultural tenant at Embassy Gardens, Nine Elms.

World Heart Beat Music Academy was selected by Wandsworth Council and property developer EcoWorld Ballymore to create an educational performance venue, which will open in 2019.

The academy’s creative space will include a fully equipped 110 seat auditorium, as well as state of the art educational, recording and broadcasting facilities.

Leader of Wandsworth Council, Cllr Ravi Govindia, said: “I am delighted to welcome World Heart Beat to Nine Elms, the second cultural anchor to be announced. Art and culture is at the heart of our vision for Nine Elms and World Heart Beat are well known for championing music education of all kinds to young people in the borough.”

World Heart Beat is a modern music charity that teaches children skills through music education to lift their aspirations and maximise their potential.

Sahana Gero, MBE, who has taught music to more than 1,000 children and their families since she founded World Heart Beat in 2000, said: “Embassy Gardens is going to elevate us to a completely new level. It means that our concept for changing the lives of the next generation of raw talent through music education can become a reality for much greater numbers than we can reach currently.

“It will support our ambitions to create more outstanding concerts and innovative programmes and will open up thousands of opportunities for young people who find inspiration and lifelong success through music.”