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Open days


Come and learn some of the beats, breaks and songs we use at Carnaval Transatlântico. (formally Ziriguidum in Bristol and Nova Guarda in Birmingham)

During the day we will cover a few styles of traditional carnival music from Rio. There will be plenty of samba for those that love it plus some other rhythms to show the diversity our group uses.

Instruments - Surdo 1st 2nd 3rd, Caixa, Repique (comun and mór), Tamborim, Agogô, Chocalho and Triangle.

Our musical director (J P Courtney) is linked with many Samba Schools, Blocos, Mestres de Bateria and musicians in Rio. He is up to the minute on the latest things coming out of Rio. As well as being a highly skilled percussionist he is also a world class tutor. Something which is a rarity. J P will also have assistant directors working alongside him so there will be plenty of highly skilled musicians around to watch and learn from.

COVID-19 info

We will be adhering to all necessary government guidelines in order to keep members of our group as safe as possible. We expect all participants to follow any guidelines put in place by us or the venue.

Birmingham 17th Oct 2021


Muthers studio

14 Rea St S, Birmingham B5 6LB


Individual - £25 early bird (first 10 places)

Full price £30


Students and self employed musicians £16

£1.50 booking fee

Please read our full terms and conditions here

What Next?


Join our band. Read on.

The purpose of this class is to give you a flavour of the music we perform. If afterwards you are interested in joining the band please read though the information on the main band registration page to make sure that you meet all the criteria to be able to take part.

Please note this is not suitable to people who are new to the world of music and drumming. The class will move at a medium to fast pace and participants are expected to learn the material and study it in-between rehearsals.

The price of the course will be reduced by £20 for people who have attended the open day and then go on to join the band.

We perform at a combination UK and international events. Plans are already taking shape for some projects in 2021. We also work with visiting artists from Rio other talented professionals who join us on the stage.