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Young Carers, Bromley, August 2014

Following the success of last summer, Community Music In Action revisited the young people at Carers Bromley for two days back in August for a brand new project.

We teamed up with ‘Inspire-works’, whose facilitator Catherine Ring delivered samba drumming to the young people, and together they created enough rhythmic energy to get the whole room grooving in time to the latin beat.

The deep pounding surdo drums with the syncopated overlayered sounds comprised of an assortment of percussive instruments, created an amazing carnival sound that transported the participants to Rio de Janeiro!

Over the course of the two days they were taught a traditional piece of Brazilian samba batucada, learnt the roles of the different instruments and played a variety of patterns, breaks and rhythmic responses in an ensemble.


  • To provide samba drumming for young carers during the summer holidays that young people are enthusiastic about and enjoy being part of.
  • To provide a time of respite for young carers and allow them to socialise with other young carers, and build friendships through making music together.
  • To inspire young people and enable them to express themselves.
  • To include everyone and make activities accessible to all participants.
  • To document the project through film/photos.
  • To encourage collaboration, community spirit and a sense of achievement.

“Catherine was very friendly and capable. She fully engaged
all the young people and their evaluations
of the project were very positive”

Carers Bromley


Catherine is a freelance percussionist, based in London. Her experience ranges from classical orchestral percussion to Brazilian music and hand percussion. Some of her drum kit experience includes an on-stage role in Clod Ensemble’s “An Anatomie” at Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London. She has worked with artists such as Dionne Warwick and Imogen Heap, as well as having vast experience in the classical music world.

A strong interest in the music of Brazil led Catherine to gain a Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship. This permitted her to travel to Rio de Janeiro and Salvador to conduct research into samba music and dance and it’s effect on children and the community. Since then, she returned to Brazil twice more and performed alongside Monobloco and Sargento Pimenta in some of Rio de Janeiro’s most prestigious venues. This year, she made her Notting Hill Carnival debut playing Maracatu with Mariana Pinho and the Yamuna Yemanja project.

Catherine is an enthusiastic teacher and collaborator. She regularly delivers samba, West African drumming and other percussion workshops both privately and through Inspire-Works. Alongside her teaching at Eltham College and with Southwark Music Service, she has been involved in LSO Discovery work, Wigmore Hall education, LPO Funharmonics and ETO education department.

Catherine worked with 4 schools in West London earlier this year to prepare them for a Guinness World Record attempt. Alongside a further 23 schools, they managed to break the record for the World’s Largest Samba Band in March 2014.


Inspire-works was devised by its two core members, Mike and Jacqui Simpson a professional musician/teacher and a theatre director/teacher of dance & drama respectively, who studied and researched Balinese arts whilst living on the island. They call upon the expertise, knowledge and practical approach of additional facilitators who may be used as workshop leaders or assistants.

Inspire-works work with over 60,000 children and young adults in over 500 schools throughout southeast England each academic year.