Drumming workshop is a hit at Seaton Delaval Hall

CHILDREN and their parents got into the rhythm of things at a summer holiday workshop.

CHILDREN and their parents got into the rhythm of things at a summer holiday workshop.

In the impressive surroundings of Seaton Delaval Hall in Northumberland, Newcastle-based drumming group Drummed Up led a class to give people the chance to get musical to West African beats.

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Over two days, about 60 people joined in with the session, with some even turning up specially for the event with their own drums.

They learned the three different sounds a drummer can get out of their instrument by hitting different areas – base in the middle, tone at the side, and the slap – and also followed three or four rhythms that were led by teacher Mark Barfoot.

Secretary of Drummed Up, Liz Pearce, said: “The west portico of Seaton Delaval Hall is probably the most posh place Drummed Up has ever played. It was an excellent couple of days and the National Trust seemed pleased and have invited us back next year.

“It’s about people who already drum but a big part of what we do is introducing people to West African rhythms. We also help people with learning difficulties. We have different levels of players with beginners and intermediate.

“We like to spread the joy and good vibes of drumming. We think it’s a fantastic way of getting rid of stress and making new friends. Anyone can pick up a drum and make a sound out of it, so it’s really accessible. And it’s a way of being musical without having to learn lots of chords.”

The events were organised through the National Trust as a series of community and fun things for families to do during the school holidays. And the day proved to be a hit with the whole family.

Liz added: “It ended up with lots of the parents drumming and having a whale of a time. The children kept asking if they’d finished yet. We’ve probably got a few new members for Drummed Up.”

Drummed Up started up about 10 years ago when a couple of enthusiasts got together. The group runs drumming circles and performances at events across the North East such as the Great North Run. The series of events run by the National Trust also included a look at film making, and a craft day.


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