Named after Rita Hayworth, the award-winning R&B star was the face of Madonna’s Material Girl fashion range. Held up by one critic as ‘a fusion of Rihanna and Melinda Messenger,’ Rita’s live set includes RIP, How We Do (Party) and Shine Ya Light – with a full band or single guitar for intimate engagements.


Singer-songwriter star Rita Ora has become one of the biggest names in UK music. Influenced by everything from pop to jazz, hip-hop to blues to dance, Rita has been feted by Jay-Z, supported Coldplay on tour, and broken in to the US in only a few years.

First hitting the top of the UK charts providing vocals for DJ Fresh’s Hot Right Now, Rita went on to follow this with two more number ones with her first solo release R.I.P. (with Tinie Tempah) and How We Do (Party). She followed this by also topping the album charts with her
debut release Ora.

Away from her music, Rita has appeared as a guest judge on The X Factor. She has a burgeoning acting career with film and TV roles including an appearance in Fast & Furious 6 and a role in the much anticipated film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey. She has also made an impression in the fashion world as a model (including a cover shoot for US Elle), performing at fashion events, and working with acclaimed photographer Rankin as well as Calvin Klein and Rimmel.

At events, Rita can perform with full band or accompanied by a solo guitarist.

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Event - 30/04/2024 - 9:00 am

Speakers Breakfast

Understanding AI Now

Priya Lakhani and Anne-Marie Imafidon

Please join us in our JLab studio near Oxford Circus at 08:30am on Tuesday 30th April for our next speaker’s breakfast event. Following our sell-out event for IWD back in February, we will be joined by three fantastic speakers for an exploration of the uses, myths and concerns surrounding AI.


JLA, 14 Berners Street, London


Event - 06/02/2024 - 9:00 am

Speakers Breakfast

Looking Ahead to International Women’s Day

Samira Ahmed, Eniola Aluko, and Alex Mahon

We were joined by four fantastic speakers to look ahead at International Women’s Day. With the theme of this year’s event being #InspireInclusion, we were lucky enough to hear from four women who have each blazed a trail in their respective fields: CEO of Channel 4, Alex Mahon; the former Australian Prime Minister and Chair of Kings’ Global Institute of Women’s Leadership, Julia Gillard; one of the leading voices in football, Eniola Aluko MBE; and broadcaster and journalist, Samira Ahmed.


Bishopsgate Institute, 230 Bishopsgate, London, EC2M 4QH