IROKO Theatre have begun conducting a series of workshops and training sessions, teaching musical skills to different sections of the community, including school children.
Led by IROKO workshop leaders Richard Olatunde Baker and Ayan De First, masters of Yoruba talking drums, the sessions introduce each of the instruments in the ensemble, go into the history of the form and – most importantly! – gave participants the chance to make the talking drum speak themselves, learning proverbs and their meanings and taking part in a showcase performance at the end.
Newham Music Workshops
Kicking off early at 9am on the 27th of April, this half-day workshop saw fifteen people both young and old - engage with the heritage of the Talking Drum.
CPD Training in collaboration with Music8London and Soundabout
On the 15th of July, we led a training session with around twenty people, including a clinical pychologist! The majority of the participants were music teachers and tutors from across the Boroughs of Brent, Camden and Westminster – a sure way of ensuring that engagement with the heritage is shared! They were also joined by some keen students, including several from the Village School where the workshop was hosted, who proved to be very competent drummers during the end performance for teachers and pupils!
On July 20th 29 excited members of the community travelled up to Liverpool, to see the Igbo Compound within the International Slavery Museum. The recreated family compound is decorated with Uli designs, commissioned from local artists!
The National Lottery Heritage Fund grant provisioned for IROKO Theatre to hire a new Trainee Heritage Support Officer. Kate Kelsall joined IROKO part-time in February - find out what she has been working on...