Beth leads two community drumming groups, does drumming workshops in school and community settings and for corporate clients:
Calidoscopio Carnival Drummers. Saturdays 10am – 11.00 beginners, 11 – 12.15 Band Practice, Lonny Wilsoncroft Community Centre, Stepping Lane, Derby
Play Your Drum – African drumming group. is on hold for a short while…plans afoot.
Beth also enjoys playing Gamelan with ArtBeat, playing Samba with Nova Guarda, directed by JP Courtney, and playing bata and Afro-Cuban and Afro-Brazilian percussion at events organised by One Voice Music.
Drumming with Schools. Beth teaches drumming to the lovely year 8 students at St Clares School in Derby every week. We play a range of rhythms from Cuba, Africa, and Brasil and usually sing songs to go with the rhythms. We also play rhythm games to help students increase their skills, gain confidence and dexterity.We always perform to the whole school during an assembly at the end of each term’s work.
Beth also runs a lunchtime drumming club for KS3 students at Lees Brook Community School. They have played Samba, Taiko, and African rhythms and are now learning to play drum & bass and dance music style break beats. The group performed in November 2011 at Surtal Art‘s Lantern Parade, parading through Derby City Centre, and at the closing ceremony of the Derbyshire School Games in June 2012.
Corporate Drumming. Beth leads drumming workshops for corporate clients to help them get the best out of delegates at meetings, training and conferences, and make sure everyone is relaxed, has fun, and works well as a team. Clients include SureStart, Awbery Management Consultants, Emmaus.
Beth draws on music from Cuba, Brasil, Africa (in particular Guinea) and Japan. She always likes to throw in a song to go with the drumming. Singing isn’t compulsory, but most people find themselves joining in even if they don’t think they can sing!