18 Oct 2013

Switch off the TV and close the consoles! Fantastic music workshops this half-term

This October half-term NYMAZ is encouraging parents to switch off the TV and close the consoles as music from around the world is brought to towns and villages across North Yorkshire. Children and young people can get to grips with exotic instruments, discover new cultures and learn some funky new dance steps from as far afield as West Africa, Brazil, Jamaica and India.

The workshops are funded by Youth Music as part of the Musical Inclusion programme for North Yorkshire and will be delivered by NYMAZ’s partners across the region: Harrogate International Festivals, Pied Piper and Swaledale Festival.


Pied Piper’s workshops will give you the chance to learn how to play the djembe - a traditional African drum - as you explore the sounds, rhythms, songs, stories and dance of West Africa with musician Mamadou Cissokho. Final performance at 2.30pm: family and friends are invited to attend.

For: 7-10 year olds, all welcome, no requirement to play an instrument or read music

Cost: Free

When: 10.30am – 3pm

Monday 28 October, Kirkbymoorside Memorial Hall
Tuesday 29 October, St. Peter’s Church Hall in Norton
Wednesday 30 October, Pickering Memorial Hall,
Thursday 31 October, Sheriff Hutton Village Hall
Friday 1 November, Welburn Village Hall, Nr. Castle Howard

To book: Contact Pied Piper – 07936 557452, info@piedpiper.org, www.piedpiper.org


From Indian Bhangra and Irish Jigs to Jamaican Reggae and Brazilian Samba, the Musala Trio will introduce the different rhythms which underpin each style of music. Participants will work with Musala to develop original pieces of music and play alongside them at the final performance at 2.30pm which family and friends are very welcome to attend.

For: 7-13 year olds, all welcome, no requirement to play an instrument or read music

Cost: £5

When: 10.30am – 3pm

Wednesday 30 October, Nidderdale High School, Pateley Bridge
Thursday 31 October, Holy Trinity Church, Ripon
Friday 1 November, Long Memorial Hall, Spofforth

To book: Contact Bryony at Harrogate International Festivals - 01423 562303, bryony@harrogate-festival.org.uk


Swaledale Festival is running workshops which will explore traditional and contemporary Brazilian music and culture. Participants will learn to play exotic instruments made with seeds from the Amazon rainforest as well as the Spring Drum and Snake Tube. Professional musicians Carla Pires and Felipe Karam will be leading the session – as well as teaching some dance steps! If you already play an instrument then please bring it along if you can.

For: 7-13 year olds, all welcome, no requirement to play an instrument or read music

Cost: £3 (except for Wednesday’s session which is £4)

When & Where:
Tuesday 29 October, 10.30am – 2.45pm, Dales Countryside Museum in Hawes. Call 01969 666210 to book your place
Wednesday 30 October, 1pm – 5pm, Town Hall in Masham. Call 01765 680200 to book your place.
Thursday 31 October 10.30am – 2.45pm, Methodist Church in Reeth. Call 01748 884308 to book your place.
Friday 1 November, 10.30am – 2.45pm, Children’s Centre in Bedale. Call 01609 535 060 to book your place.


The half-term holiday culminates in a weekend workshop dedicated to Latin Jazz. Aimed at young people who play wind, brass, keyboard, bass, drums or percussion to approximately Grade 5 and above, the two-day session will be led by Leeds-based ensemble Three Jazz. Participants will discover the rhythms and grooves of Latin Jazz, before devising, recording and performing their own original Latin Jazz compositions.

For: 11 – 18 year olds who can play to Grade 5 (or equivalent) and above

Cost: £15

When & Where: Saturday 26 October and Sunday 27 October, 10.30am – 3.30pm, The Courthouse in Thirsk

To book: Contact The Courthouse on 01845 526536, www.ruralarts.org

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