Part of the #WorldBeats Percussion Festival

Percussionists spend their lives researching, refining and experimenting with different sounds. In these five high-energy and inclusive workshops, you can explore the musical and dance traditions of the Middle East, South and Central America, Africa and Europe, through experimenting with sound and movement using body percussion, whistles, drums and shakers.

The workshops will be led by leading percussionists and the day will conclude with a short foot-stomping finale performance given by all participants.

Open to all – no prior experience required


Body Percussion Workshop

Make music with your body! Explore rhythm, sounds and movement with Alua Nascimento, an ex-member of STOMP who is a multi-instrumentalist, music teacher and performer from Brazil. In 2011, with the band Pé de Jurema, he won the Brazilian International Press Award for promoting Brazilian culture around the world.


Cuban Percussion Workshop

Oli Savill is a Portuguese percussionist based in London who has been active in the UK music scene since the 90s and regularly tours with international artists including Basment Jaxx, Jamiroquai and Shakira. He joins us to explore Cuban percussion in all its forms.


Xylophone & Tuned Percussion Workshop

Explore the balafon world with Bex Burch, who is a percussionist specialising in such instruments. Havin trained with master Ghanaian xylophonist Thomas Segkura, Bex has since played with band Vula Viel at Cheltenham Jazz Festival, WOMAD and was selected to become one of Sound and Music’s New Voices.


Brazilian Percussion Workshop

Discover the variety and colour of Brazilian music with Vinícius Barros. As the lead percussionist of the Jazz Sinfônica Orchestra of São Paul he has accompanied many world renowned artists such as Dave Liebman, Deep Purple and Dionne Warwick.


When booking, please ensure you select the correct ticket type for the workshop you wish to attend.