OVM Workshops in 2023

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OVM workshops are divided into separate categories with each being suitable for a specific level or levels of ability. Click on the headings below to read more on each level and to see what workshops are available.

Level 1 are suitable for beginners

Level 2 are suitable for intermediate levels

Level 3 are suitable for advanced players

Mixed level are suitable for all levels except complete beginners

Level 1

Workshops suitable for complete beginners and those with a little bit of percussion playing experience.

Latin Percussion Course for Beginners
Dates: 30th April, 14th May & 4th June

Cajon Workshop for Beginners
Date: 2nd July

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Level 2

These workshops and modular courses are designed for players who already have some basic percussion skills including hand drumming and consider themselves to be at an intermediate level on at least one instrument.

Workshop content focuses on either Cuban or Brazilian percussion and there are some that combine both.

Samba Fusion in Ireland
Dates: TBC

Roots of Cuba, Group 9
A percussion course of six modules spread over 2 years
Dates: TBC

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Level 3

These workshops are only suitable for experienced players and for those who have completed an OVM level 2 course or studied at a similar level.

They are mostly run annually and work as standalone workshops but as the content of study varies each year, they also work as an on-going progression for participants to continue developing their skills.

Ilu Bata #2
Dates: 13th – 16th April 2023

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Mixed Levels

Workshops in this series cater for a mixture of levels (except complete beginners). The range of abilities suitable to attend vary from workshop to workshop. Many of these workshops are suitable for individual and group participation.

Camp Iroko#13
Dates: 16th – 29th August 2023

Brazilian Percussion Weekender
Dates: 10th – 13th August 2023

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Workshop series: Level 3
Dates: 24th – 27th March 2022 – PLACES AVAILABLE

Please note that our courses will only run if its possible to do so under the Covid-19 guidelines.
Ilu Bata 2019

“I get a great deal of enjoyment and fulfillment out of playing within a group situation as studying these rhythms alone never offers the full complement of how it should sound. I also really enjoy the added singing element of this course and would greatly appreciate more songs. Playing & singing is an underestimated skill and one that I intend to develop further.

The amount we covered during the course was excellent and ran at just the right pace for me, enough to be pushed & stretched but not too much so I didn’t feel left behind.” Collette, London

A new course and the first in a series of intensive residential workshops focusing entirely on Cuban bata drumming. This intensive residential workshop is suitable for existing players to further their knowledge and skills under the guidance of three highly experienced tutors.

Cuban Bata Trio

These are especially designed to work both as stand alone workshops or as part of an on-going annual series. Each workshop has its own unique content and can also cater for players who have different levels of knowledge and ability.

Daytime sessions will focus on learning new material. Evening sessions will be set aside for students to play through what they’ve learnt during the day in a setting created to give participants a chance to engage in an informal environment that is closer to a Cuban Tambor.

Bata y Rumba 2011
We’ll be working on a number of Bata toques with an in-depth study into the language for each drum. The study will include learning long sequences of songs that require linking several different toques together.

Please bring any bata drums you have. Some drums for general use will be provided.

Ravin ‘Raz’ Jayasuriya, Dave Pattman and Vicky Jassey
Cuban Bata Trio

Course type: Residential

Hours of study: Approx 20

Arrive from 6 pm on Thursday. The workshop ends at on Sunday after lunch.

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

Thurso Ctr_collage
Thurso Centre, Felden Lodge, Felden Lane, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, HP3 0BL

For Sat Nav users please use the postcode HP3 0BB as this will bring you to the front door.

Accommodation is based on shared rooms of 2, 3 or 4 people.

For directions click here

Thursday 24th – Sunday 27th March 2022 – PLACES AVAILABLE

£360.00 for first 10 bookings and £390 thereafter

To secure your place on the course, either make a payment now in full or pay a non-refundable deposit* of £150 with the balance due by the final booking deadline date of 9/3/22.

*If this course has to be cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions, then you will be issued a full refund.

Costs are inclusive of accommodation, food, tuition, scores & administration. Accommodation is based on shared rooms of 2, 3 or 4 people.

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%

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Tel: 0843 289 9530
Mob: 07833 377 432

Ilu Bata

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