Professional world musicians from Grand Union Orchestra work with young Essex musicians

12:38 03 February 2014

Ketan Keria introduces the dhol drum.

Ketan Keria introduces the dhol drum.


Two professional musicians from the Grand Union Orchestra spent Sunday morning in Felsted with young musicians from the Essex Youth Percussion School.

Learning the Bangra beatLearning the Bangra beat

The orchestra brings together musicians from many of the world’s major music traditions, are working with Essex Music Services to create more opportunities for local children to learn world music.

The musicians, Carlos Fuentes and Ketan Kerai, ran a lively workshop with the children introducing them to bangra music from north India and teaching them a new Brazilian samba piece. The young participants now have the opportunity to join more musicians from across Essex for a special performance in Harlow on February 21.

Mr Fuentes said: “Ketan and I really enjoyed our visit to Felsted.The children worked hard all morning and picked up the different rhythms well. It will be great when they get to take part in the performance day, they will then get to hear how the percussion pieces fit with the whole songs and they get to play with the other young jazz musicians and with Grand Union on stage.”

The Essex Youth Percussion School meets once a month at Felsted School, offering aspiring young musicians the chance to learn a variety of percussion instruments and music styles. The school is keen to get more local children involved. To find out more contact Jenny Thomson, Essex Music Services, on 01206 798788 or e-mail

• To find out more about the Grand Union Orchestra and the jazz and world music project they are running across Essex, contact Claire Sivier at or 0207 375 1122.


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