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 2 assistant directors working alongside him so there will be plenty of highly skilled musicians around to watch and learn from.

Bristol 19th Oct 1100-1600

Factory Studios

Unit 23, Barton Hill Trading Estate, Maze Street, Bristol BS5 9TQ


Birmingham 20th Oct 1200-1700

Muthers studio

14 Rea St S, Birmingham B5 6LB


Individual - £25 early bird

Group of 5 - £100 (not available after 14th August)


*A special price of £16 for people who are registered as self employed musicians.

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What Next?


Come and 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 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 international projects in 2020. We work with visiting artists from Rio and regularly employ the internationally renowned vocals of Fabio Allman (former Monobloco member)