More music workshops in Wychavon

The latest of Wychavon District Council’s musical performances for people living with dementia is just one week away.

With her guitar, percussion instruments and songs, Carol Sampson will take her audience back to the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s and will have people joining in before they know it.

The performance will be part of Wychavon District Council’s continuing series of music workshops, and is taking place on Wednesday 20 June at the Number 8 Arts Centre in Pershore. It will start at 1.30pm and finish at approximately 3pm.

The workshops have been running since 2014 and will continue to run through the summer and into March 2019, with a variety of music genres represented including Latin American, contemporary, classical and folk.

Jenny Davis, Arts Development Officer at Wychavon, said: “I’m delighted that these workshops and all of our musicians have committed to such an entertaining programme. The feedback we’ve been receiving shows that the workshops have a very positive impact on people by reducing isolation, getting them involved and helping them to make new friends.”

The cost to attend each workshop is just £2, and the price includes a hot drink and biscuits. To book a place on any of the workshops please contact the Number 8 Box Office on 01386 555488 or

The current run of workshops will continue into 2019 with the following musicians:

  • 20 June 2018, Carol Sampson
  • 18 July 2018, A Merrie Noyse
  • 15 August, Brimstone
  • 19 September, Drumming (Samba workshops)
  • 17 October, Meraki
  • 21 November, A Merrie Noyse
  • 19 December, Corinne Frost
  • 16 January 2019, Carol Sampson
  • 20 February, Orchestra of the Swan
  • 20 March, Drumming  (Samba workshops)


About the musicians involved in this and previous workshops…

Carol Sampson
With her guitar, percussion instruments and songs, Carol Sampson will take her audience back to the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s and will have people joining in before they know it.

A Merrie Noyse
A Merrie Noyse are musicians who regularly perform Medieval, Tudor and 17th Century music in period costume on authentic musical instruments.

Brimstone, a local Celtic ceilidh folk band, will bring lively upbeat tunes – recognisable as Scottish, Irish, Welsh and more – for a hand clapping, toe tapping workshop designed to create similes. Brimstone will bring a few percussion instruments for those who want to add rhythm and drive to the music. Dancing is always welcome.

Drumming (Samba workshops)
Play along to African and Samba music with a range of drums and percussion instruments.

Meraki will be performing their gorgeous acapella three and four part harmony singing. There will be soaring melodies from the Appalachian tradition, feel-good folk and beautiful spirituals. Songs new and old to uplift and move the soul. As well as listening, Meraki will be encouraging participants to join in as well.

Corinne Frost
Corinne Frost’s sensitive and mellow cello playing will include classical music, well known songs from the past, music from films and musicals, as well as folk songs. Corinne also specialises in improvisations and sound portraits of people.

Orchestra of the Swan
Members of Stratford’s classical orchestra will play their instruments and people are encouraged to join in by clapping and singing. You can find out about life as a professional musician or about favourite pieces of music and you are invited to share memories and thoughts about music.


For more information please contact Jenny Davis, Wychavon’s arts development officer, on 01386 565396 or email