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Noah's Ark Playgroup Forres to stage Christmas concerts with help from Drumfun

By Garry McCartney

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Ella Lawrence beating a drum.
Ella Lawrence beating a drum.

A FORRES-based drumming workshop is working with a local nursery to introduce children to rhythm.

Drumfun has been visiting Noah's Ark Playgroup on Balnageith Road for the last four weeks, sharing the delights of drums with the children, as well as preparing them for an online Christmas concert performance for parents and carers.

Nursery manager, Angie Mackay, confirmed, with help from Drumfun, the children will sing along to the rhythm of the drums playing festive tunes.

She said: "We're having our Christmas concert on Wednesday and Drumfun will make it even more exciting and engaging than usual. There will be morning and afternoon performances in our garden for our nursery community to view online!"

Drumfun have been providing hands-on workshops throughout the UK since 2001, aiming to inspire positivity in communities through expression.

With help and funding from Findhorn Bay Arts' Youth Arts Grants Scheme, Drumfun is currently engaging over 120 three to five-year-old's in confidence-building music and percussion workshops which mainly feature West African Djembe drums.

India Mutch and Rayne Dawson helping out Steve Sharpe and Yann Mcauley in the Noah's Ark Pea Pod.
India Mutch and Rayne Dawson helping out Steve Sharpe and Yann Mcauley in the Noah's Ark Pea Pod.

Angie said: "Steve Sharpe and Yann Mcauley from Drumfun have brought bags of enthusiasm to Noah's Ark.

"All of the children got really involved immediately in their loud, interactive and, most importantly, fun sessions. They look forward to showing what they've learned!"

James Hughes (4) cannot wait for the concert. He said: "Singing songs makes me happy."

Sebastian Santos Willmott (4) added: "We will be doing it very loud."

Ayla Hutcheson (4) has loved the sessions so far. "I like the frog story best," she said. "I can jump like a frog."

Mia Craigie (4) enjoys Steve's surprise when he sometimes falls asleep during the workshops.

She said: "Yan counts one, two, three and we bang the drums so Steve wakes up and says: 'Who banged that drum?'"

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