DRUMMING

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"Through creative freedom we discover unity, guided by a common pulse"

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Drumming comes from ancient times, where tribes would gather round fires to celebrate life in its all its natural forms.  Being one of the first forms of music, when drumming we feel that we connect not only with each other but also with our earliest ancestors.

Our drumming workshops give the opportunity to develop key musical skills such as Rhythmical Awareness, Improvisation and Ensemble playing.   However, they reach far beyond musical benefits, as they are great for releasing stress and tension in a positive way, inspiring self-expression, creating a feeling of community, support and sharing, developing focus, clarity and confidence and finally bringing us an uplifting sense of joy.

For us we drum not to become a technically proficient drummer but to find the rhythm and music within ourselves, which in turn inspires positive living.  Therefore no prior musical experience is needed.

In our sessions we mainly use African Drums that are traditional used for celebrations, rituals and ceremonies.  Most of these drums have three distinct sounds: a beautiful deep bass, a strong tone and a cracking slap, which give a very satisfying feeling when played. They are very easy to use, and can be enjoyed from the first moments of play.  The groups are facilitated in a seated circle with up to 40 people at any one time where we learn basic techniques and simple exercises whilst playing various games to encourage learning with fun, finally introducing various multi part rhythms.  Our facilitators are not only talented musicians but are supportive, compassionate and intuitive guides.

Drumming_Close_UpWe would like to encourage all people to try drumming and therefore work within a multitude of informal & friendly environments.  You are welcome to come
along to one of our sessions, or have us come to you.  We are regularly working with Schools, Businesses, Youth Groups, Community Groups, Scouting, Learning Services, Fun Days, Festivals and even Marwell Zoo.  We can easily work inside or outside and can provide all the musical equipment needed for the event.

Please use our Online Booking Enquiry Form for more information about booking us to come to your event.
Alternatively call us on 02380554445 / 07769901615


Drum Circle ~ Unleash Your Rhythmical Spirit
facilitated by Richard Parker
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Experience the creative joy of drumming together using a selection of beautiful sounding African hand drums, percussive instruments, movement and voice.

An opportunity to express yourself rhythmically and work together to create unique, dynamic and uplifting in-the-moment music that you could dance to...if you weren't so busy drumming!   Open to all, with creative exercises, world rhythms and games, that inspire creativity and the confidence to play, express and unleash your rhythmical spirit.  Facilitated with a fun, informal and supportive approach where no previous experience necessary.  

Richard Parker has been has been guiding and facilitating Drum Circles for over 8 years.  His inspiration is feed by his passion for community, sharing and coming together, where he finds a Drum Circle to be an amazing embodiment of this expression.  Richard's style has come through many years of African Drumming combined with creative improvisation and free expression, bringing an uplifting, dynamic and heartfelt experience.

A selection of beautiful sounding African hand drums and percussive instruments are available for you to use.

Please see our Events Diary for details of our next open drop in community session.

Please use our Online Booking Enquiry Form for more information about booking a Drum Circle for your event.
Alternatively call us on 02380554445 / 07769901615


Drumming Workshop

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A drumming and rhythm workshop that teaches authentic African drumming patterns, develops playing technique & rhythm, inspires creativity & improvisation and encourages sensitivity with group playing.

Please see our Events Diary for details of our next open drop in community session.

Please use our Online Booking Enquiry Form for more information about booking a Drumming Workshop for your event.
Alternatively call us on 02380554445 / 07769901615



'Drum Rumble' ~ Disabilities Drumming Workshop


Drumming_LearningA fun, uplifting and creative drumming experience suitable for adults with learning and physical disabilities that works with tactile, audible and visual interactions and is a great stress release.  Facilitated by Richard Parker, Active Arts.

Experience the dynamic rhythm, uplifting feeling and resonant sounds of the African drums.  Designed inclusively to teach the basics of hand drumming and how to play together as a group.  This is an excellent way to develop rhythm, focus and listening skills.  Facilitated using fun, inclusive and accessible drumming games, activities and exercises that aim to build confidence, inspire creative expression, and encourage all to play.  We provide a selection of good quality African hand drums and percussion instruments for all to play.

Please see our Events Diary for details of our next open drop in community session.

Please use our Online Booking Enquiry Form for more information about booking a 'Drum Rumble' workshop for your event.
Alternatively call us on 02380554445 / 07769901615



Family Drum Circle
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Dynamic & uplifting fun for the whole family.

Come and play African drums together, with creative, simple & easy to learn rhythms and games to inspire and encourage all to play.  Our Drum Circle including lots of games, fun activities and simple exercises designed to teach children & adults the basics of rhythm and how to play the drum together as a group.


Please see our Events Diary for details of our next open drop in community session.

Please use our Online Booking Enquiry Form for more information about booking a Family Drum Circle for your event.
Alternatively call us on 02380554445 / 07769901615



Active Arts Drumming Facilitator


Richard Parker

 

 

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