Half-term activities idea - Kids learn to play world music for free

Learn to play world music from the experts in a series of North Yorkshire workshops.
Learn to play world music from the experts in a series of North Yorkshire workshops.

Youngsters in the Harrogate district and North Yorkshire can learn to play and perform world music during the half-term next week.

Global Villages, the popular free music workshops for eight-13 year olds, returns to North Yorkshire over February half term, thanks to the support of Arts Council England.
The day-long workshops are delivered by the energetic and multi-talented duo, Vocal Global, and offer children a musical journey around the world; with vocals, ethnic beat box, and lyrics in Hebrew, English and Creole.
Workshops will be held in Spofforth, Pateley Bridge and Ripon, and will culminate in a performance open to the public to showcase the children’s new skills to family and friends.
Global Villages is delivered by Harrogate International Festivals as part of its year-round HIF+ outreach and engagement programme.
Vocal Global are DavidX who plays violin, guitar and is an amazing beat-boxer, and singer-songwriter, Noga Ritter. Their music crosses borders and cultures and carries a strong message of cultural celebration.
Brian O’Regan, Music Festivals Manager at Harrogate International Festivals, said: “Global Villages’ workshops are fantastically popular thanks to the unique opportunity to learn hands-on from exciting international artists. It’s fun, inspiring and offers something quite different and eye-opening. Places are limited so do book early to avoid disappointment.”
Young people will need to bring a packed lunch with them, and breaks and lunchtime will be supervised.
Downloadable booking forms are available from Harrogate International Festival: harrogateinternationalfestivals.com or contact Charlotte at the Festival office for more details on: 01423 562 303, email: charlotte@harrogate-festival.org.uk
Workshop Venues and Dates:
Wednesday 22 February, 10am – 3pm, Spofforth Long Memorial Hall; public performance 2.30pm.
Thursday 23 February, 10am-3pm, Methodist Church, Pateley Bridge; public performance 2.30pm.
Friday 24 February, 10am – 3pm, Ripon Community House; public performance 2.30pm.