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Orquestra de Abacaxi

Saturday, 14 September more info

Welcome to Orquestra de Abacaxi's second workshop!

This is a new community orchestra for musicians in Tunbridge Wells and the surrounding areas running via a series of workshops, rather than regular rehearsals. We will be exploring the many different musical styles of Brazil and South America in this and future workshops, from samba to funk with a full percussion section adding some Brazilian flavour to the mix!

Who can join?

There is no fixed instrumentation so anyone can join from cellists to mandolins, bass guitars to piccolos - though we do ask you have a certain level of competency on your instrument - roughly grade 3/4 standard. If you're not sure what standard you are then get in touch and we can send you an example pdf of a part.

What will be playing?

In our first workshop we looked at sambas popularised by Noel Rosa and Clara Nunes; a choro piece by Renato Tito and a beautiful north-eastern Brazilian ciranda by Sergio Sampaio.

In this second workshop, we will be revisiting the sambas from the first and second workshops as well as learning a fun, fast brass-flavoured frevo from the north-east of Brazil and a funk by Jorge Ben Jor.

When signing up, please let us know what instrument you play so we can ensure you are catered for. Music parts will be distributed electronically by PDF before the workshop date so you can practice in advance of the workshop. These will be made available only once you have booked in for the day.

How will the day run?

We will meeting in the Lounge room in the Camden Centre, Tunbridge Wells starting at 11.30am. We will rehearse until 2.30pm, with a break for lunch, before being joined by a group of invited percussionists for the last hour to put together the pieces! You can either bring your own lunch, or the cafe will be open for food. Alternatively, the Camden Centre is in the heart of Tunbridge Wells town centre, with plenty of food options nearby.

Who is leading the session?

Your workshop leader will be Cheryl Hooker-Blake. Cheryl is a multi-instrumentalist who lives and teaches in Tunbridge Wells. Originally training on the flute, she moved to percussion and got quickly intrigued by Brazilian rhythms and music. She performs samba locally regularly with Bloco Fogo as well as playing choro and samba outside of Kent. After travelling and studying in Brazil in 2016, 2017 and 2019, she decided she wanted to create a new kind of ensemble in the UK that celebrated and shared the many different styles of music Brazil has to offer.

What do I need to bring?

A music/iPad stand, your instrument and any equipment you might need (amps, cables etc), snacks for the day, a friendly smile and lots of enthusiasm!

Will there be more workshops and will the orchestra perform in the future?

Yes, we hope so! Stay tuned for more info!

Erm... Abacaxi?

Yes we know - a weird word pronounced aba-cash-ee; but it means pineapple! Did you know a pineapple isn't a singular fruit but made up of lots of individual berries fusing together to make one fruit? We think thats a pretty good metaphor for what we want to achieve musically!

Still have questions? Contact Cheryl at cheryl_blake@hotmail.com



Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

Minimum age of 14 plus and with parental consent to attend the sesion for under 18's. Parental/guarndian contact info must be provided for under 18's. Cheryl holds a clear DBS check. 

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

The Camden Centre is located at the back of Royal Victoria Place Shopping Centre. Parking is available at the shopping centre, or there are a number of smaller car parks located around Camden Road.

Sat, 14 September 2019

11:30 – 16:30 BST

The Camden Centre, 1 Market Square

Royal Victoria Place

Tunbridge Wells

Preço £25.11