On Friday 11th May we will be delighted to welcome to Abergavenny a group of professional musicians who will be giving an exciting interactive musical demonstration to local school children. The event is being organized by the Tithe Barn Learning Service .
The Carnival Band, a group of five Musical Explorers, five voices, twenty five instruments, five dozen styles of music and five hundred fresh ideas for music-making, will combine music from across the centuries with sounds from around the world in an irreverently joyous mix!
The event will take place in the Priory Centre set within the site of the original monastic buildings of St Mary’s Priory. Local primary schools have been invited to take part in this free interactive session which has been organised by the Learning Service of St Mary’s Priory.
A cornucopia of instruments includes the historical (shawm, flemish bagpipes) the exotic (‘ud, djembe) and the familiar (electric guitar, double-bass). The Carnival Band performance will be a kaleidoscope of instrumental colours, musical influences and moods, sustained by superb musical skill and enlivened with humour.
“Spontaneous and exuberant, the Carnival Band turns musical convention on its head with this musical tour of the globe spanning five centuries of music. A vibrant mix of world, traditional and early music played with wit and consummate skill. Instruments include shawms, bagpipes as well as fiddle, guitar, bass and the band sing in full throated harmony.”
The Learning Service organises regular workshops for primary schools from Monmouthshire, Torfaen, Newport, Powys and across the border.