Date tbc 2020 • 10:00 am - 4:00pm • £45.00

Suitable for all levels • No ability to read music necessary • All drums, equipment and refreshments included - (just bring a packed lunch).


During this workshop you will have the opportunity to be a a part of a fabulous day of drumming led by community musician Chris Bartram, including djembe drumming and Brazilian samba!

At the end of the workshop, you’ll get full notes summarising everything we covered, and later on you’ll receive recordings of our performances of the pieces after the workshop.

  • You will have the opportunity to limber up at the beginning of the day with a range of rhythm and body warm ups

  • You will then play African djembe drums, before learning a traditional West African drumming piece.

  • Through practical instrumental work we’ll see how the main features of this music then crossed the Atlantic during the Slave Trade

  • Finally becoming the template for Caribbean and Brazilian music

  • We’ll play a full samba kit, and learn a Brazilian samba piece!


Chris Bartram is a highly experienced music educator and community artist. He taught music for many years at York St John University, and has also worked for many years as a freelance music professional with many leading arts organisations, including Opera North, Manchester Camerata, Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester, Northern Ballet, and Accessible Arts & Media.  Chris has been a facilitator for the national singing programme 'Sing Up', and runs singing and voice training workshops for a variety of clients, including business professionals, arts organisations, university and school teachers, and students. Currently he leads the highly popular monthly ‘A Cuppa and A Chorus’ workshops at the National Centre for Early Music in York. He is a member of the Natural Voice Network.

To book a place (or if you have any questions) please contact Pennie and let us know the course or workshop you would like to book on and we shall then send you payment details to send a bank transfer or cheque:

email: pennie@yorkartandcrafts.com

tel: 07851 299140

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