Kicking off this month (March), Winston Rollins Trombonist, Writer and Producer will be teaching Trombone and Trumpet to twenty two Year 4, 5 and 6 students at Griffin Primary School Battersea. The students have limited experience in music and were selected to take part because of their enthusiasm to learn. The course will last 12 weeks.
Winston began playing the trombone at the age of ten and later trained at the Trinity College Of Music in London. His background is steeped in music having been in bands such as The Brand New Heavies, Incognito, Aswad, Jamiroquai, Courtney Pine. Currently he is a member of Jool Holland’s Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, since 1994 he has been one of four trombonists in the Brass section of the Orchestra.
Winston’s involvement is part of the Planet Harmony project which celebrates the collaboration of World Heart Beat Music Academy with pupils at Griffin Primary School, and explores the themes of social, racial and climate justice through music.
Following completion of the workshops, the Planet Harmony event will take place in Griffin Primary School’s ‘Forest in the City’ garden, on Wednesday 22nd June (2-3pm), as part of the Wandsworth Arts Fringe (WAF) Festival. The event will provide a snapshot of some of the music activities and workshops which have taken place to date, ranging from learning how to play brass instruments, an introduction to samba rhythms, making instruments out of recycled materials as well as writing songs.
Expect an event full of colour and sounds that come from a Planet of Harmony!