Hazelhurst Gallery & Arts Centre put a call out for all girls and ladies aged 16 and over to come together to form a drumming ensemble. The group was to rehearse en masse, using a range of drums, and learn a variety of routines. The aim was to entertain diners, gallery visitors, families involved in craft making projects and everyone else visiting or strolling past the centre during their summer open evening last night.
I was persuaded by friends to go along and have a go, despite the fact that I know nothing about music except that I like lots of it. About 50 or more turned up to rehearsal, some already very good drummers but many with no prior experience – such as myself.
Having rehearsed like crazy together (nearly 3 hour blocks) and followed the YouTube videos for 30 minutes each day at home with an upturned biscuit tin (fun stuff!!) I turned up on the night and collected my djembe.
We set up a central section on the stone ‘stage’ with the djembe players flanking left and right.
And, boy, was there a crowd!!
I don’t think anyone would give most of us jobs in the music industry but we did a very decent job performing and had a lot of fun in the process. Well, everyone clapped so we couldn’t have been bad and our drum leader was amazing, getting each section into their assigned rhythm just at the right time.