Let there be drums

PUBLISHED: 10:01 22 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:58 11 May 2010

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RHYTHMS of Africa were reverberating around a school last week when it held a drumming workshop. Year 7 pupils at Greneway School, in Garden Walk, Royston, were given a lesson on how to play djembe drums when they were visited by Rob Wilcox from the Hertf

RHYTHMS of Africa were reverberating around a school last week when it held a drumming workshop.

Year 7 pupils at Greneway School, in Garden Walk, Royston, were given a lesson on how to play djembe drums when they were visited by Rob Wilcox from the Hertfordshire Music Partnership.

The lessons are the first part of a programme of Africa-centric activities, which have been arranged to coincide with Greneway forming links with a school in Africa.

Emma Daintrey, spokesman for Greneway School, said: "We have joined a national project called Connecting Classrooms, which Roysia and Meridian Schools are also taking part in, which aims to build lasting connections with schools around the world.

"The school we are connecting with is in Nigeria, so this term we will be doing a lot of classes with an African theme."

Djembe drums originate from West Africa, and feature a skin cover stretched over a wooden frame, which is played with the hands.

Emma said that the students showed "great enthusiasm" for the workshops.

"We gave the children questionnaires to fill in after the lesson was finished, and the responses they gave were very positive. One child said it was the best lesson they've ever had at school," she said.

"They only had about an hour's teaching, but by the end of the lesson they were performing some very complex songs and rhythms.

"As you can imagine the school was very noisy that day, and it was fantastic to hear that so many students were excited about the lessons." 3293DW008

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