GBRT Carnival Drums

Carnival Drums are a Brazilian style percussion group based in Market Harborough. We’re always on the look-out for new members, so if you’d like to try something new that’s great fun, really sociable and excellent exercise for the brain and body, then why not come and have a go?

All tuition is provided by a highly experienced Musical Director, and no previous musical knowledge or experience is required. All instruments are provided, and you don’t need to read music as all learning is done by call and response.

The rehearsals are fast-paced and good fun, and each fortnight we leave with our bodies buzzing to a host of infectious Brazilian beats.

Once confident with our repertoire, members are welcome to join us in the performances that we do all over the region at a range of events such as Harborough Carnival and Christmas Fayre.

All abilities, whether beginner or experienced drummers, are welcome. You just need to be over the age of 12 and enthusiastic about being part of an exciting performance group.

Musical Director: Ceri Howells

Ceri Howells is a drummer and percussionist based in Nottingham, UK. He has been playing percussive instruments of one form or another for well over twenty years and his time as a teacher and facilitator for individuals and large groups runs for over a decade.

He made his start in music on the drum kit which is where he still spends much of his time playing and teaching. He has been involved in and still play with a variety of bands with many recordings produced over the years. As time progressed, he found himself drawn towards many styles of music from all over the globe becoming particularly fond of Brazilian musical traditions and Malaysian Gamelan along the way.

This diverse variety of music in his life is something that has kept him extremely passionate about all his playing and teaching. In his last year, as a musician he has been able to travel to the World Gamelan Festival in Malaysia as part of Kayu Gangsa (a UK based group that uniquely fuses traditional Malaysian Gamelan composition with contemporary musical elements and western instruments). He was also part of a UK Samba Bateria that travelled to Rio de Janeiro for a series of performances as ‘Carnival Transatlantico’. They were honoured to play some of the city’s most famous venues with a variety of fantastic Brazilian musicians. This tour made a small piece of Samba history by becoming the first ever completely foreign Bateria to be listed as part of the official guide to the Rio carnival and its wealth of music and celebration.


When And Where?

The group rehearses on the first, third and fifth Tuesdays of each month, in term time, from 7.45pm to 9.30pm in the main hall at Meadowdale Primary School in Market Harborough. There is a short break in the middle of the rehearsal. 

Meadowdale has parking on site, including three designated disabled parking bays. There is step free access from the car park to the hall and toilets and a disabled toilet is available.  The address is Meadowdale Road, Market Harborough LE16 7XQ.

Rehearsal Dates 2024


What Does It Cost?

£39 per term (£35 for students) which includes: venue hire, tuition and instruments.. Membership subs are due on 1st March for the summer term, 1st July for the autumn term and 1st November for the spring term. Please use the bank details on the Rehearsal Dates Schedule above to set-up a Standing Order into the GBRT account.


How Do I Join?

You’re very welcome to come and join us at any time. Simply complete the online Carnival Drums registration form before the date on which you would like to start.


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