Hundreds of primary school children brought the carnival to Sheffield performing their samba rhythms in Tudor Square last week.

18 schools came to perform a piece together that they have been practising since November.  Each of the schools brought their pupils to take part in playing the whole Samba piece, learn new pieces, play with an established Samba band and perform some of their own compositions too.

Last November, staff from schools that are part of Sheffield Children’s University joined together in a session, where they received their very own Samba kit and supporting lessons plans.  The Sheffield Music Hub led the event, introducing the staff to the instruments, and the rhythms and techniques of Samba styles before releasing them back to share their learning with pupils from each of their schools.  Since then, they have been using their ‘Samba in a Box’ kits to hone their pupils’ Samba skills, perfecting a piece ready for the celebration event at Tudor Square.

Councillor Jackie Drayton, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Families at Sheffield City Council said:  “Samba in a Box celebrated the wonderful musical achievements of children from across the city.  I hope this and other events will inspire children and young people to get involved in musical activities and have loads of fun.”

Katie Hamshaw, Senior Project Officer at the Children’s University, and event organiser said: “With the Olympics in Rio coming up we wanted to get our schools into the carnival spirit.

“We’ve created the resources and given schools the samba instruments so that teachers can pass on their skills to students and continue to build on their samba bands.”