13 June 2017

The beats and rhythm of Rio flowed through Sheffield city centre, when hundreds of Sheffield school children took to their instruments last Friday, 9 June to perform a myriad of musical masterpieces, as Samba in a Box returned for Sheffield Makes Music.

Following the success of last year’s project, 32 schools in Sheffield took part in 2017’s Samba in a Box. The project which is run in partnership with Sheffield Children’s University and Sheffield Music Hub provides Children’s University schools with all the equipment needed to deliver at least a six week programme of out of school music and Samba sessions.

Schools that took part last year have continued for a second year and ten new schools have also joined the programme.

Last Friday participating schools performed in a celebration event at the Sheffield City Hall, with around 300-400 attending.

Throughout the morning workshop activities kept the children busy in the City Hall ballroom, where they learned new pieces, played with an established Samba band and even performed some of their own compositions.

Following the workshop, they headed out in to the sunshine on the City Hall steps to perform the Samba piece they’ve learned as one huge ensemble, entertaining a huge crowd of shoppers, passers-by and those out to enjoy Sheffield Makes Music.

Councillor Jackie Drayton, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Families at Sheffield City Council, said: “What a wonderful celebration of the children’s hard work and creativity. They really brought the sound of Rio to Sheffield.

“Music plays an important role in child development, giving young people an outlet to express themselves. We want all children in Sheffield to have the opportunity to unlock their musical talents, and programmes like Samba in a Box make this possible. The Sheffield Music Hub runs many projects to help children get in to music and I would encourage schools and families to get involved and make the most of this fantastic resource.”

Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Councillor Anne Murphy, joined the celebrations to meet the children and try out her Samba skills.

Children interested in joining a samba band should contact the Music Hub for more details.

Samba in a Box was part of Sheffield Makes Music 2017, bringing 24 hours of unusual musical acts performing in unusual locations across the city. Footage from Samba in a Box will also contribute to BBC Music Day 2017 on 15 June.