We are a dynamic group of arts practitioners experienced in leading creative workshops, community projects and ‘arts in health’ events in Wales. These include music workshops, training in running workshops, well being workshops and Arts Participation Training.
We recently ran a Wellbeing Workshops Weekend in the Brecon Beacons and a programme of future events is forthcoming.
Good to see Taiko drumming included in delivering clinical futures in Wales!
With the combined skills of our group, we can teach taiko drumming, samba drumming, creative percussion and drum circles, a cappella singing and songwriting…We provide creative writing workshops, yoga and mindfulness events, OR ANY COMBINATION OF THESE…
Samba Drumming Workshops
Taiko Drumming Workshops
A Cappella Singing Workshops
Yoga and Mindfulness
Arts Participation Training
Samba Drumming Workshop for Carers in S.Wales ‘Stress Busting through Music’
“It was so much fun, its something I loved and would deffo do again in a heart beat : )♥”
“Its fun and de-stresses you”
“Thought it was really enjoyed” – Coordinator
Songs from Cuba – Singing in Hay on Wye
“The workshop was fab, I really enjoyed myself, and it was totally brilliant to get the recordings, love them!”
Song Writing in Gellideg Youth Club – Gellideg Foundation Group, Merthyr Tydfil
“A big thank you for the workshops you provided at Gellideg the past few weeks, they were a great success and every young person that participated has given really good feedback…Also the CDs that were produced have been put forward to an up and coming Young Persons Presentation Evening where hopefully the Young People can get an award for their talents. Thanks again. ”
Ryan Jones (senior youth worker)
Fliss Fleck: Community Music Tutor with 14 years experience. Samba drumming Workshop Leader. Member of Bosque – latin band, Tarion and Conga Tri. Training provider – Arts Participation Training: Creative training for the Care Sector in arts for health and wellbeing: www.artsparticipationtraining.com
Heather Murray: 15 years experience leading percussion and a cappella singing groups. Registered Music Therapist currently involved in Arts and Health Projects in Wales. Plays with Samba Viva, A Tope and Taiko Mynydd Du. British Wheel of Yoga Instructor.
Amanda Lloyd: Poet and Songwriter. Plays congas and percussion in World Dance Band, Conga Tri and A Tope. Her passion is improvisation to create original songs. She has worked on music making projects with children and adults with special needs and on songwriting residentials.
Ursula Frank: Founder member of Taiko Mynydd Du, the first community Taiko group in Wales. With a background in community arts, she has worked with adults and children in settings which include learning disabilities, mental health and palliative care. She has been Taiko drumming since 2005 and is a registered Art Therapist.
Awards and Projects
Arts Council Wales funded Taiko training in Japan.
National Foundation for Youth Music funded Scrap Opera Project.
Communities First funded Merthyr Aloud Community Choir and SambaDoc
Work with community groups;
Arts Care Gofal Celf, Arts Connection, Barnados, Celf o Gwmpas, CARAD, Cartrefi, Cynllaw, CMW, Powys Dance, Gellideg Foundation, Gingerbread, Mid Powys Youth Theatre, Red Kite Theatre, Primary, Secondary and Special Schools in Powys & Carmarthenshire, Powys Young Carers, R.N.I.B, Youth Clubs, Young Offenders, Pembroke Drug Rehabilitation Programme: Trysordy, Widening Participation Project – Aberystwyth University, Summer Schemes at Cedewain Special School, RCT Carers Project, Women in Tune Festival, KingFest, Global Village Festival, Barry Summer School.
Working with adults and children in the community, adults with learning disabilities, and adults and children with physical disabilities.
Feedback from the Monmouthshire Carers Project singing and drumming workshop.
“Take the risk of accepting and celebrating something just for you.” “BANGTASTIC!!!” “Rousing, uplifting, completely different, brilliant.”
“Something we normally never do – it’s a complete change in our daily caring lives.”
“Just join this music group it transforms the mind in a far off, good and pleasant place.”
“Excellent workshop – used to organise holiday play schemes and this is one of the best I’ve seen.”
“Makes me concentrate. Therefore, think positively in the present and left cares behind. Very enjoyable, all in good spirits.”
“Not bad drummer for 91!”
“Uplifting! Great help after feeling low.”
Would you like to bring creative music workshops to your school, festival, conference or event? We can tailor our courses and workshops to your needs.
You can book us to come into your school, youth centre, festival or organisation. Please contact us for details or follow the links below for more information.