Due to the current COVID-19 outbreak, this course has been postponed and we’ll let you know the new dates as soon as possible

Workshop series: Level 2 & above
Dates: TBC (was 16-19 April 2020)
Course type: Residential
Hours of study: 16

Presented in collaboration with Bombo Productions

Ravin ‘Raz’ Jayasuriya, Dave Pattman and Vicky Jassey

Cuban Carnival Weekender

Calling drummers, percussionists, horn players, and singers!
From the founders of Orchestra Bombo, we bring you our Cuban Carnival Weekender; a residential weekend of workshops for drummers, percussionists, horn players and singers who will learn the rhythmically challenging traditional Cuban carnival melodies and drum parts from Havana style Conga de Comparsa and Mozambique and play as an ensemble.

Bombo in Conga Habanera

Drummers and Percussionists
During the weekend, drummers and percussionists will gain an in-depth understanding of the interlocking rhythms and breaks from both carnival styles. You will learn arrangements that include four separate conga parts, three bells, a bombo (bass drum), redoblante (snare drum) and play as an ensemble with horns and singers.

*Some experience playing either African or Afro-Latin polyrhythms is necessary.

Horn Players
Throughout the weekend, horn players will learn rhythmically challenging traditional Cuban carnival melodies and play as an ensemble alongside percussion and voices. You will also be taught basic percussion parts & learn how the melodies fit with clave.

*Some ensemble playing experience necessary. You will play from charts and memory. (Reading ability helpful but not essential).

Throughout the weekend, singers will learn rhythmically challenging traditional Cuban carnival melodies and play as an ensemble alongside percussion and horns. You will also be taught basic percussion parts and learn how the melodies fit with clave.

*Available to all levels. No previous experience needed.

The true Conga Oriental sound

Please bring at least one conga drum (quinto, conga or tumba). We’ll also be using cowbells and bass drums (bombos / zabumba). If you cannot bring your own instruments and would like to borrow a drum please contact us to reserve it well in advance.

Also bring pen & paper to make notes & something with which to record the study sessions (no filming without permission please). Please bring earplugs.

Vegetarian food is provided for all meals during the weekend. If you have any special dietary requirements / allergies please let us know on the registration form.

Free time
During your free time you can go for a walk in the woods or enjoy some of the on site activities.

Your help during the weekend
To help keep things tidy and ensure this workshop runs smoothly, we kindly ask all participants to help with certain household duties.

Arrive from 6 pm on Wednesday to register and put up tent (if camping) etc.. Depart on Sunday by 5 pm. A full schedule will be sent nearer the time.

Participants need to depart by 4 pm on Sunday. Full details will be sent on registration.

Wymondley Wood

Wymondley Wood Scout & Guide Centre, Wymondley Road, Willian, Letchworth, Hertfordshire SG6 2UB

For directions click here

Indoor accommodation
The Centre has five dormitories, each sleeping 6-8 and furnished with bunk beds with storage facilities beneath. There are separate male & female showers/toilets.

The Centre is situated within a 4-acre campsite. So there’s plenty of room for you to put up your tent. There are separate male & female showers/toilets for campers.

There is a campfire site and an arena space for games.

TBC (was 16-19 April 2020)

Early bird rate is £295 for the 1st 10 to book and then it’s £320 thereafter.

To be among the 1st 10 to qualify for the early bird rate, either send us a payment in full or send a non-refundable deposit of £100 with the balance due by the final booking deadline of TBC.

Costs are inclusive of accommodation, food, tuition, scores & administration.

The costs above are for payments received by bank transfer or cheque. Payments by Credit & Debit cards will incur an additional charge of 3.5%

Tel: 0843 289 9530
Mob: 07833 377 432

Cuban Carnival Weekender

Scan this QR Code with your smart phone and keep up to date with developments on this workshop.

By all means forward the QR code to your friends.

Cancellations & Terms of Participation

Back to list of Workshops

Back to quick links