Room To Move


Announcing an exciting new project funded by Essex Music Services, Essex County Council, Arts La’Olam and Colchester Arts Centre Present: ROOM TO MOVE: World Music Workshops for Children

Let’s make ROOM TO MOVE!

Let’s create space to celebrate intercultural musical fusion. A special series of participatory music
workshops within an enriching, creative environment.

Lead by internationally recognised musicians, this is a dynamic experience for young people from 5-17 years to explore World Music and composition of Chinese & West African music, using African Djembe drums and Chinese instruments.

This is part of Colchester Arts Centre’s “Kids Summer Arts Music Festival World Music Weekender” with artists Sefo Kanuteh, Ling Peng, Josh Doughty and Hilary Cornell.

It gives an introduction to African and Chinese musical fusion accompanied by swirling ribbons and harp string melodies, drumming and strumming with optional dance and a hundred Chinese instruments to try.

The artists involved have varied musical backgrounds…

Sefo Kanuteh – Gambian Master Kora musician with 20 years experience in international performance in theatres and music venues with high profile artists from West Africa including Baaba Maal and Vieux Farka Toure.

Ling Peng – Chinese Classical Musician and Chinese cultural education professional. Ling has worked extensively in schools and with regional art organisations. Her contribution to the popularisation of Chinese music and access to Chinese culture in general has been repeatedly recognised by the Arts
Council England.

Josh Doughty – Kora musician and community education workshops facilitator.

Hilary Cornell – Musician, Percussionist, Essex Music Service tutor, cajon and ukulele player, singer-songwriter and performer, music workshop facilitation in schools

This pilot event will lead to a Arts Award accredited three-day music workshop which will take place in Half Term February 2017 in three leading arts venues in Colchester:

Sunday 12th February – The Mercury Theatre 10-4pm
Monday 13th February – Firstsite 10-4pm
Tuesday 14th February – Colchester Arts Centre 10-4pm

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The first event takes place at Colchester Arts Centre on the 21st August. 

Time: Doors 10.30am, starts 11am, finishes 4pm // Age: Suitable for all ages over 5 to 17 years // Note: There’s limited capacity, advance booking recommended, and please bring a packed lunch.

Tickets: all tickets are £4

For more information or too book: call Colchester Arts Centre on 01206 500 900 or visit /


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