Spirit of Rio Workshops


We have been enjoying the Brazilian vibe here at World Heart Beat Music Academy as we were delighted to welcome back Almir Pessoa and Pepe Barcellos, two of the Brazilian musicians we formed a strong bond with through the Brazilian Music and Culture programme we were involved in last year. This project has forged a cultural link between London and Rio, and we are delighted to announce that since his return last week, Almir has been invited to perform at the Olympic games.

In the last few weeks, the music of Brazil has been captivating our students and the wider community with its infectious rhythm and beautiful melodies bathed in harmonic warmth. As well as teaching our talented young musicians, Pepe and Almir performed alongside them at 606 Club and Chelsea Theatre and took Brazilian music into seven local schools for a Young Children’s Music Festival.

“We really do look forward to working alongside professional musicians, especially the Brazilian Team, they have so much energy to give and the children respond attentively and musically. I had no idea that we would accomplish so much in the morning workshop so that we could enter the assembly carnival style! Some of the children had arrived to school confused and upset following the Brexit news, and to have an assembly where we could all share the good feeling music brings was perfect.”
– Sarah Lufflum, Swaffield Primary School

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  1. Amy Sargent (Reception Leader, Granard Primary School) 08/08/2016 at 1:21 pm #

    The children absolutely loved it and this afternoon they are making their own Brazilian musical instruments!

  2. Claire (Caius House) 08/08/2016 at 1:22 pm #

    In response to the question ‘what did you like best about the session?’ the most frequent answer was ‘everything’ then to ‘what could have been better?’ it was mainly ‘a longer session’!!

  3. Rob Nicholson (Headteacher of Eastwood Nursery Centre) 08/08/2016 at 1:23 pm #

    We have really enjoyed working with you and the children have benefited enormously from participation in other musical forms.
    It was a great moment when I was showing round a group of prospective pupils and their parents for them to passed by a procession of conga-ing 3 and 4 year olds following Pepe and his band around the garden!
    I hope we can identify many other joint projects in the near future. Many thanks for being such a good organisation to work with.

  4. Dimitri 08/08/2016 at 1:23 pm #

    “I would like to thank you and all the musicians who took part in yesterday’s amazing workshop! It was the most refreshing, uplifting and inspirational experience! I believe that Caius House needs more events like this. I felt re-charged and extra alive afterwards.

    I sincerely hope that we’ll be able to keep dialogue with World Heart Beat Music Academy going for a long time to come.

  5. Adam Ockelford (Trustee of Eastwood Nursery Centre) 08/08/2016 at 1:26 pm #

    Thanks so much to you and the team for coming to Eastwood. It was an enriching and enjoyable experience for the children.

    I hope there will be more projects that we can collaborate on in the future.

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