Drumming up praise

On the afternoon of Sunday 15th September, we had an African Drumming Workshop for the children at St. Luke’s, with around 25 children aged 3 to 10 years taking part, along with several parents and children’s leaders.  Alison Lyon from Drums Agogo brought her African drums and ran the session teaching the children to play several different African dance rhythms.

In the first half, the younger children did the African drumming while the older ones had a go at playing Belleplates and other percussion instruments.  Then they swapped and the younger ones had a go at making their own drums out of carpet roll inners.  The afternoon concluded with a short ‘concert’ for the parents and other children.

Here is what some of the children had to say about it –

“Alison the drum lady was fantastic – chip butties, cauliflower and lots of drumming made this afternoon awesome and very fun!”  - Hannah, age 14.

“The drum workshop was amazing and even though all the rhythms were quite simple the end product sounded really good.”  - Alice, age 14.

“I really liked the African drumming session with Alison who was really good and funny. We all had special drums with the top made of goat skin and on some of them goat fur. My favourite part was when we all got to play at the same time really loud so much that it hurt my ears. She had a special way of getting everyone’s attention by blowing on her whistle really loud and playing a particular tune on her drum.”  - Willow, age 11.

“I really liked the work shop because I was the leader and it was really fun.”  - Byron, age 10.

“The African Drumming afternoon was brilliant!  I wanted it to be longer.  I love the music that we played! The drums made different sounds when you hit the in the middle or the edge.  We learned different rhythms then mixed them up to make a piece of music.”  - Janey, age 9.

“The African Drumming was amazing!   I liked that I was banging on animal skins.  I liked the rhythms.”  - Sam, age 6.

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