Drum Works uses drumming as a tool to inspire young people creatively, give them confidence in their ideas and empower them to direct their own futures.
Drum Works has been running in east London secondary schools since 2007, and currently reaches around 400 young people in six schools. Participants have weekly sessions with professional musicians where they create their own material and work towards high-profile performances. There are opportunities to progress into two senior ensembles, which meet fortnightly at the Barbican and perform regularly around London and further afield. The Drum Works Assistant programme offers some of the older more advanced players the opportunity to develop their music leadership skills through taking paid placements in schools and receiving mentoring from Drum Works Leaders.
The primary aim of Drum Works is to achieve social change through tackling some of the key issues facing young people in east London today. It confronts disengagement within schools and youth culture by using fast-paced, high-energy teaching processes and culturally relevant material to engage and inspire all young people from any background. Once engaged, participants then begin to develop their musical, technical and leadership skills through sustained involvement. Drum Works performances are of a high standard and good musical quality, demonstrating that positive action, hard work and commitment can achieve amazing results. Regular large-scale performances bring together young people from a variety of cultural, religious and socio-economic backgrounds to meet on an equal footing and work together, building a community for the future.
Forthcoming performances include: Aldeburgh Festival, June 2015 Barking Folk Festival & Street Party, 4-5 July 2015 Walthamstow Garden Party, 18-19 July 2015
Drum Works Adult Ensemble In response to popular demand, Drum Works has recently launched a new ensemble for adults. The group work with Drum Works Artist Leaders learning core rhythms, developing drumming technique and musicianship, and writing their own beats.
Sessions take place on Tuesday evenings, 6.30-8pm at the Barbican. All are welcome – no musical experience necessary.
Bespoke Workshops In addition to the core activity in schools, Drum Works can also deliver a range of bespoke workshops to suit your needs, including: • corporate training workshops • school workshops • community workshops