Artists take their musical education around schools

In the lead up to Musicport’s World Music Festival in Whitby, several workshops will be happening in local schools.

West Cliff School will be working with Brazilian musician Claudio Kron, who will be teaching Samba drumming that will culminate in a performance by himself the pupils on the Saturday morning of the festival (5 Oct).

The Jaipur Brass Band from Rajasthan will be working in Lythe and Airy Hill Schools, giving them a demonstration of their music and costumes and explaining how brass instruments came to be so widely used in India.

Palestinian singer and broadcaster Reem Kelani will be running an Arabic singing workshop with students of Caedmon, Eskdale and Whitby Community College with the intention that participants will join her on the Saturday night on the main stage for one number.

Organiser Sue McLaughlin said: “Our primary aim when developing this festival 13 years ago was to give young people in Whitby the opportunity to discover different music and cultures and these excellent workshops will help yet more students and pupils to extend their knowledge and understanding,

“We value greatly the support of the schools and the parents and hope as many as possible take the opportunity offered to attend the festival itself.

“They will have the opportunity to see world class artists perform in a very intimate and friendly event and enjoy a weatherproof International festival right on their doorstep.“

Within the festival there will be several more workshops including:

* Madagascan guitar techniques with Modeste.

* a Scratch Choir led by local choir leader Rebecca Gross (with a performance in the main hall at the end of weekend)

* African drumming with Robert Maseko

* circus skills with Cathie Sprague

* storytelling with ukulele accompaniment by Mim Suleiman (recent star of Damon Albarn’s Africa Express)

* several craft workshops, films,interviews and presentations by main stage artists.

Tickets for whole weekend, individual days and sessions are available from the Musicport Shop, 16 Skinner Street, Whitby, on (01947) 603475 or log on to

Musicport acknowledges the assistance of The Normanby Trust with these education projects and the support of Passage To India Restaurant which has sponsored the Jaipur Kawa Brass Band’s appearance at Musicport.