A few weeks ago, in the darkness of Winter, we kicked off our Lent Term of music making with a bang: our ‘Come and Play’ Samba workshop was a great success!  Hosted by Jesus College in their Cricket pavilion, the session was led by acclaimed professional tutor Raz Jayasuriya who gave a group of over 30 students a window into the sound-world of the Brazilian Carnival.  We welcomed students from across the university, from undergraduates to PhD students, with all levels of musical experience – in fact almost nobody in the group had played Samba before.

Samba is a great way to get involved with playing music, with its accessible performance style and a rehearsal format which makes it possible to learn from scratch in real time.  It also provides a great distraction from your studies.

The Centre for Music Performance is running two more sessions this academic year, and all students are welcome, whether or not you came to the initial session.  Sign up for these sessions can be found on our student hub: