In 2016, Hull Sound Circles delivered the Hull Drum Circle project, funded by the Big Lottery. Hull Drum Circle was facilitated drum circle using an interesting variety of drums and percussion from around the world, the circle was held weekly and open to the local community (15 years upwards).
A drum circle is one of the most inclusive musical happenings, bringing together people of all ages and abilities to enjoy recreational music making. It is improvised, in the moment music. Our drum circles are expansive community experiences in which we aim to accommodate everybody from complete beginners to experienced musicians.
Hull Drum Circle included singing harmony songs, vocal improvisation, West African/Arabic rhythms, along with improvisation. We provided a variety of interesting drums and percussion instruments from around the world, which included drums such as congas, tubanos, darbukas, frame drums and djembes, and percussion instruments, such as hand-held gongs, wah-wah tubes, shakers, wood and different types of bells. People were also welcome to bring their own instruments. The venue was lit with soft lighting, using coloured lights to provide a relaxed atmosphere in which participants could be free to be in the moment without feeling exposed.
Drum Circle in the Park
In the summer of 2018, Hull Sound Circles held a ‘Drum Circle in The Park’ at West Park in Hull. The sun was shining, we had a great turn out and received some fantastic feedback. Following on from this event, and by popular demand, we will be holding Drum Circles in The Parks across the city every summer, supported by the local musicians from our crew.
The spirit and magic of rhythm expressed on drums and percussion instruments cuts through all ages, religions, races and cultures. ‘Rhythm,’ as Gabriel Roth says, ‘is the mother tongue.’ Rhythm is a universal language known to everyone, even the youngest child, if we can just ‘remember.’ So, in a very objective, yet beautiful way, an interactive rhythm event puts us all on an equal footing with each other and brings us closer together – Arthur Hull