In late 2008, she toured the UK, opening for The Temptations. YolanDa's pivotal performances of 2010 included an invitation to take part in PanJazz 2010 on its transfer from the Lincoln Center in New York to the UK This saw her performing alongside musicians including Etienne Charles and Leon Foster Thomas. Her 19 November concert at Indig02 at the 02 Arena, London continued her record of musically excellent and uniquely entertaining sold out events. On 2 December 2010, YolanDa was presented with an Honorary Doctor of the Arts by the University of East London in a ceremony at the Barbican Theatre, London. For YolanDa music has always been a theraputic and enabling force which promotes 360 degree communication and empowering links across all humankind. In striving to share and involve the many rather than an elite few through the wonder of music, YolanDa was honoured to become a Celebrity Ambassador for HRH The Prince of Wales and His Prince’s Trust Charity. YolanDa is a Yamaha endorsed artist and was also appointed the UK's class band ambassador in February 2011. Yamaha Class Band is a whole-class wind band teaching method, currently being piloted, until July 2012, in a collaboration between Yamaha UK and two of the UK's leading music services. YolanDa is also a Patron of The Mayor of London’s Fund for Young Musicians,which provides outstanding progression and development opportunities to young people who demonstrate significant musical talent and commitment. In February 2012 YolanDa release her first album, remaining an independent artist and kicked off a UK and overseas tour in support of the album with two benchmark concerts at the HMV Hammersmith Apollo accompanied by her full band and the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra.
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