Brazilian star set to drum up storm for youngsters’ show

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You’d be hard pressed to beat the musical vibe heading to the region this weekend.

Renowned Brazilian drummer Claudio Kron has been working with children in Thorne and Moorends in preparation for his performance at The Making Of Thorne project which takes place this Saturday, July 26, from 1pm.

Claudio Kron working with kids in Thorne

Claudio Kron working with kids in Thorne

The musical event will form the closing ceremony of Thorne Festival which is being held in the Memorial Park.

Claudio’s involvement came about when it was revealed that there used to be a drum factory in Thorne which was one of the biggest in the world and made equipment for the likes of Phil Collins and Buddy Rich.

Emma Wilson from Artistic Spectrum in Thorne, who is running the project, said: “It seemed like a fantastic opportunity to bring an aspect of Thorne’s past to life with the help of Claudio.

“He’s an amazing performer and interest in Brazil is at a high at the moment due to the World Cup.

“I’m sure people will be thrilled by his talents.”

Other highlights of the show include singers, dancers, a huge TV screen with video, and photographs, all on the bandstand which has been specially decorated for the event.

In preparation for the festival Claudio recently showed off his musical prowess to children at Moorends Miners Welfare and Community Centre.

The Making of Thorne is part of the Right Up Our Street project which aims to engage more people from across Doncaster in memorable arts experiences.

The initiative is about Doncaster people choosing, making, seeing and sharing brilliant cultural ideas.

Over the next few years all sorts of art and performance will be happening in surprising ways and exciting places – from libraries to parks, pubs to sports grounds, canals to rooftops, and markets to theatre venues.

Activity is focused in six key areas – Balby, Bentley, Mexborough, Rossington, the east of Doncaster, and Doncaster centre.

The work is being funded by the Arts Council’s Creative People and Places Fund and managed by a consortium of partners made up of Doncaster Community Arts Cast DARTS, Doncaster Culture and Leisure Trust and Doncaster Voluntary Arts Network.

Percussionist runs school workshops

Cláudio José Lima Santos, known as Claudio Kron, was born in June 1971.

He is a Brazilian percussionist, dancer, capoeirista and executive producer, resident in England.

Claudio runs school workshops and promotes Brazilian arts in England, Bulgaria, France, Netherlands and other countries, teaching percussion, dance and capoeira – a form of Brazilian martial arts.

Afro Brazilian percussion is a mixture of authentic Brazilian rhythms, vibrant and fun, and perfect for schools.

Claudio runs one-off workshops or a series of progressive workshops which culminate with a big show.

He gives clear step-by-step tuition using genuine Brazilian instruments enabling the participant to experience the rhythm, dynamics and tempo of music while developing confidence, discipline and concentration.