Creative music workshops in half-termSettle Victoria Hall | Kirkgate | BD24 9DZ
February 25 @ 10:30 am - March 1 @ 3:30 pm
This February half-term, young people in North Yorkshire aged 10 to 18, are being offered the chance to go on a musical journey through Brazil with three-piece band Trio Simbora – all from Settle Victoria Hall.
During this week of creative music workshops, participants will explore Brazil’s exuberant sounds and rhythms – from Rio’s instrumental Choro music to the uplifting songs from the Forró and the Afro-Brazilian traditions of the north-east region. In addition to learning new instrumental and vocal techniques with professional musicians, participants will have the opportunity to perform in concert alongside Trio Simbora on the Friday evening.
This half-term activity is part of Sounding Out, a project led by youth music charity NYMAZ, which aims to provide the county’s young people with more music opportunities. NYMAZ has partnered with Live Music Now to put together this week-long music residency.
NYMAZ director Sarah McWatt explains, “We’re all set for a really fun week where young people will be able to find out about diverse musical genres, styles and cultures, as well as developing their improvisation techniques and performance skills.
We are all too aware of how expensive it is to keep children occupied during the school holidays, which is why the week is offered free of charge. We’re just asking for people to purchase a £5 ticket* for the Friday evening concert (7pm) in order to secure their place for the week.”
All abilities are welcome to learn from Trio Simbora, which is made up of Luiz Morais on the 7-string guitar and Rachel Hayter on the flute, with Milena Sá on percussion.
The February session is the first in a series of three Sounding Out music residencies. In the pipeline for May and October half term weeks respectively are a jazz week in Selby and a folk week in Helmsley.