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Students get in the mood for summer with a samba workshop

Date published: Fri 8 Jun 2018   Author: I.Wiltshire   Category: Academic   Share: Share on facebookShare on TwitterShare on MySpaceShare by Email

On Wednesday 23rd May, the music department hosted our first ever samba workshop led by Adrian Wiggins from Big Beat in London. A mixture of year 8s, 9s and 10s, all from our current and future GCSE Music cohort, were treated to an authentic Brazilian percussion experience from a very talented and knowledgeable musician.

However, the brightest stars of the afternoon were the students themselves. Adrian commented regularly throughout the day on their immaculate behaviour, attentive listening to some very complex music theory and cultural histories of the genre, and their strong musical ability. He stated that he has rarely come across a group of students who could pull off not one, but two samba routines, the latter one being taught in only half an hour. Adrian had such fun with our students that he is eager to work with us again in the future.

“The day was a very professional and warm environment. It was a great afternoon to learn new musical skills and just have fun!” – Jenna, Year 8.

“It was really fun and I learned a lot, but mostly it was amazing seeing everyone from different year groups coming together to create music. I am very pleased that I chose GCSE music as one of my options.” – Nicola, Year 9.




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