Drumming up enthusiasm!
An exciting new music club has started up at Hedingham School using beautiful Chinese drums that have been locked away in a commercial storage unit in Colchester for over 20 years. They were recently discovered and used in a community project with the local Chinese community in Colchester and now Hedingham School is the first school that has been allowed to use them. The drumming club has generated interest throughout the school, from Year 7 to the Sixth Form, and even some staff members have dropped in to have a go!
The drums are large and barrel- shaped with 2 heads made of animal skin and are played with 2 sticks. They have a special stand to support them and are great fun to play because you can really hit them hard. Gary Leach, the peripatetic drumming teacher at Hedingham, is leading the school group and he also led the Colchester community project so he is very experienced in the art of Chinese drumming. Ella Odedina is 13 years old and comes from Braintree and she is a very enthusiastic member of the new club. She commented, ‘I really like music but at first playing the drums felt a bit weird but now I know the basic techniques I feel much more confident and I really love it!