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Xylophone Residential Workshop Kent April 1st – 6th

Residential Workshops in Kent
Ghanaian Xylophone, traditionally known as Gyile. We look at rhythmic techniques and exercises. Learning traditional Ghanaian music from the Dagarti, Lobi and Sisala tribes and adapting Ghanaian drumming music to xylophone.    Ghanaian Drumming Looking at hand and stick techniques, bell, percussion, bass, talking drum, support and lead parts, improvisation and fundamental rhythms. Studying music from the Ga, Ewe, Ashanti, Dagomba and Hausa peoples of Ghana.    Rough guide to the day. Roughly 7 – 8 Hours tuition a day
8 – 10 Breakfast . 10 – 1 Tuition.  1 – 2 Lunch. 2 – 4 Free Time.  4 – 6 Tuition 6 –  8 Supper.  8 – 10 Tuition
Venue. Workshops take place in North Kent, 7 miles from Dartford, 30 miles east of London. Situated in my mother’s 400 year old thatched house in three acres of land. Plenty of space and time to escape outside, light fires in the garden at night ( you will be collecting the wood ) and to walk or cycle in local woods and fields .   Time of arrival and departure is 4pm.    Food.  Just as important as the music. Breakfast will be set on the table for you to help yourself. We have a buffet lunch and a sit down dinner in the evening. The washing and clearing up that’s up to you. You may even be encouraged to do some chopping.   Accommodation Five shared/single bedrooms (first come first served) plus space for camping.   Getting There.  By Train. Local station is Longfield, it is 45 minutes from Victoria, London.    By Car. 15 minutes drive from M25  M/A20   M/A2. Directions can be sent if required.      Address  Brickend, Church Rd, Hartley, NR Longfield, Kent DA3 8DR                                                                                               Booking. Send a deposit of £100 to Ghana Goods, 52 Averay Rd, Stapleton, Bristol, BS16 1BH

Teaching 2017


Ben Lawrence Ghanaian Drum & Xylophone Workshops 2017

5 Day Residential Workshops in Kent
Xylophone             April 1st -6th    &  October 14th  – 19th
Drumming          June 24th – 29th  &  Oct 28th –  November 2nd

£325 inc food, accommodation and tuition. 

5 Day Drum and Xylo Holidays In Cornwall
Drum and ­­Xylophone            May 27th  – June 1st   &  September  2nd  –  7th

£325 Campers  £395 Bed.  Including food, accommodation and tuition.

Weekend Xylo Workshop in  Bristol
Xylophone    November 25th  –  27th

£130 Including food, accommodation and tuition.

To book send a deposit of £100 (£50 for the weekends). Deposit can be transferred to other courses if change advised two weeks before start of the course. Please pay in full at least two weeks before the start of the course.

To:         Ghana Goods, 52 Averay Road, Stapleton, Bristol. BS16 1BH.  07977904195 /
     Payments:     20-13-42 80520977