Escola de Bateria Manchester Weekender

Escola de Bateria are series of special one off workshops consisting of group playing, individual instrument technique, modern arrangements, songs and tips on how to direct.


On the Manchester weekender we will be learning some modern and traditional arrangments of Brazilian carnival songs. Lyrics will also be learnt and the classes will be accompanied by cavaquinho and other string instruments. If you want to lean some cavaquinho parts please let us know as we may be able to accommodate this.


The weekend will be a great chance to not only learn some great music but also to hang out with friends old and new.


Instruments covered will be Caixa, Repique, Surdo 1 2 3, Tamborim, Agogo, Chocalho/Ganza and Timba.


Some of the rhythms which may be covered are Samba, Maculele, Funk, Coco, Ciranda, Quadrilha, Afrobeat, Jongo, Ijexa, and many more.


The sessions will move at a medium to fast pace.


This is suitable for people who

  • already play in a Brazilian carnival band

  • play other styles of percussion

  • are musically trained

  • dancers who would like to learn or improve their percussion skills

Participants need to provide their own instruments where possible. Some may be available on request.


There will be a shop selling instruments. We can order in any instruments that you may want and bring them to the class.

In the mean time...


As well as running weekly and monthy rehearsals in Hitchin, Bristol and Birmingham J-P also teaches special series and one off workshops around the UK and Europe.


JP Courtney is known internationally for not only his knowledge and technical ability in Brazilian music but also as a teacher. His style has seen some great results with various successful projects at national and international level.


His workshops are a great way to improve existing skills, learn new ones and get inside the heart of Brazilian carnival music.

They're also a great way to meet other musicians and people who already play Brazilian music in your area.