Free leadership training opportunity for Young Musicians in Bristol.

We are pleased to announce we are offering a leadership training opportunity for up to five young people in Bristol and the surrounding area!

We have recently been given funding from Arts Council England, following a successful Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign we started last year, to start a Carnival group of 30 Drummers and 20 Dancers for the young people of Bristol which will perform in the St Pauls Afrikan Caribbean Carnival 2015.

As part of this project, we also have funding for several 16 – 18 year olds to join the group as “Young Leaders”, to both perform with the group and attend training sessions specifically in leading music workshops and ensembles.  In the run up to St Paul’s Carnival, these Young Leaders will also have the opportunity to put these skills into practice, running percussion workshops with the general public.

We would like to hear from you if you are a musician aged between 16-18 and would be willing to commit to the weekly rehearsals and the three weekend training sessions (dates TBC). The band will be playing contemporary rhythms such as Grime, Hip-Hop, Drum and Bass, Dancehall and Samba Reggae on traditional Brazilian carnival instruments.

The ideal candidate will be: enthusiastic, keen to learn and a confident communicator. They will also have experience of playing instruments and be willing to learn new styles of music.

The Young Leader Programme will be absolutely free of charge and will give you the opportunity to develop skills in leading music workshops, may offer career building opportunities and give participants a chance to experience something new.

For further info and to request an application form please contact our project manager – Becky Stothart at becky@brisarts.co.uk

Applications are ongoing.

Please share amongst anyone else who may be interested.

-Bris Arts Team.

Arts Council EnglandTrinity Community Arts

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Arts Council funding success!

Bris Arts is pleased to announce we have been successful in our funding application to Arts Council England, to start Bristol’s first Youth Samba Group!

Following a year’s planning and an extremely successful Kickstarter campaign in 2014, we are very excited to get this new project off the ground! We will shortly begin outreach work with several secondary schools in Bristol to recruit 30 percussionists and 20 dancers, aged 11 – 16. This will be the first and only group in Bristol providing free tuition and access for young people to take part in a Samba group, leading up to an inspiring and energetic performance at St Pauls Carnival in July.

The project will also involve the recruitment of several “Young Leaders” to provide the opportunity for young people aged 16 – 18 to gain experience of leadership skills in music education. After attending specific training sessions, and learning percussion with the group, these Young Leaders will also be running open drumming workshops in the run up to Carnival in June.

We look forward to keeping you up to date with the group as it progresses, and can’t wait to get Bristol’s young people drumming and dancing! Not only does this project provide a way for young people from across the city to get involved in Brazilian music and dance, it will also be an incredible addition to Bristol’s already thriving Carnival Arts scene.

In addition to the invaluable support from Arts Council England and Trinity Community Arts, we would like to say a special thank you to every single person who supported our Kickstarter campaign, this project would not be possible with you!

If you have any queries about this project, please contact Becky Stothart, Project Coordinator, at becky@brisarts.co.uk.

Arts Council England                        Trinity Community Arts

Onwards and upwards in 2015…

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Thank you!!!

Bris Arts would like to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who helped us with our Kickstarter campaign over the last few weeks. If you donated money to the project, shared the page or sent us a message about it, we want you to know that we really appreciate it!

We raised an outstanding £783 in total which has far exceeded our initial target of £500 – Amazing! This means we are able to put on more workshops, and engage more young people in learning about Samba and Carnival Arts. We really hope the Arts Council are able to help us by funding the full project outlined in the video. However, in the event they are unable to do so, all the money raised via Kickstarter will be used to provide free-to-attend workshops for young people in Bristol.

Please stay tuned here, and on twitter and facebook, for updates relating to this project!!!

Thanks once again!

-Bris Arts team

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Kickstarter campaign for Young Person’s Samba Group is live!!

The Bris Arts team have been working on a project to form a samba group in Bristol specifically for young people aged 11 – 16. There is currently no provision in Bristol for young people to play in a samba group – we want to change that, but we need your help!

We have launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise money to get this project off the ground. Please check out our page and video here – https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1709406162/bristol-youth-samba-bloco

Our project aims to recruit participants from across Bristol to form a 30-piece percussion group and a 20-strong dance troupe, specifically targeting those from disadvantaged backgrounds. It will also involve the recruitment of several “Young Leaders” to provide the opportunity for young people to gain experience in leadership skills and musical education. Following weekly rehearsals and weekend intensive sessions the young people will create a full on carnival performance to be performed in the 2015 St Paul’s Carnival procession.

We are confident that the bulk of this project will be funded by Arts Council England, however to be eligible for funding we need to raise 10% of the funds ourselves. We are aiming to raise funds as a contribution towards the cost of a rehearsal venue for our young drummers and dancers. In combination with the in-kind support we have already found, we hope this will secure our funding.

Please show your support to get this project off the ground, all donations are greatly appreciated! Please share the link as well if you can, so we can raise as much as possible! Let’s get young people in Bristol learning some samba!!

Youth samba workshop

Youth samba workshop

Afro-Brazilian singing class – Bristol 26/04/2014

This Saturday the Bris Arts Maracatu side project, Afon Sistema, is collaborating with friends Ilu Axe on this one off Afro-Brazilian singing workshop.

The workshop will focus on the traditional call and response songs from the religious tradition of Candomble, the system of deities known as Orixas taken to Brazil by the enslaved African people. If you’ve ever had an interest in any kind of singing, or Brazilian culture, this workshop is an ideal starting place to learn about this. The workshop will be led by Jon Hardeman, who is the UK’s leading authority on this music, and one of the only non-Brazilians to be initiated into this religious tradition. Jons relaxed delivery style ensures everyone feels relaxed and comfortable in the class, the workshop requires absolutely no previous experience of any kind of singing, all we need is your enthusiasm!

Please see the poster below for all information on the workshop, for more information see the Facebook event page and Jon Hardemans website via the links here.

www.jonhardeman.com

www.facebook.com/events/618542754903464/

Candomble Singing Workshop Bristol with Jon Hardeman

Songs of Life Singing Workshop

Samba at the Teachers march

Last week several of the Bris Arts tutors played some Samba to accompany the teachers strike march through Bristol. Hundreds of teachers from the South West joined picket lines for the NUT teachers strike last Wednesday. A march took place through Bristol town centre to raise awareness of the strike, with our group of drummers leading the way. The Samba drumming lifted everyone’s spirits throughout the march, attracting people’s attention to get the teacher’s message heard!

At Bris Arts we believe children’s education should be a national priority, and we offer our support to teachers throughout the UK.

teachers march

Samba band for Teachers March

Refer-a-friend Scheme

New for 2014 we are pleased to tell you about our refer-a-friend scheme. If you tell a friend or colleague about our services and they mention your name whilst making a booking for any day of arts workshops such as Music, Dance or Drama we would be delighted to offer you 20% off your next booking with us.

For more info please contact us here.

We wish you all the best for 2014!

Drumming Workshop

Drumming Workshop