Education


Workshops and performances are creative, informative and fun, with live music, dance, and video projections.

“a perfectly pitched series of workshops” – Malmesbury School

The Bollywood Brass Band presents an exciting and engaging experience for your school or college, and can tailor workshops, interactive talks and performances to young people at all Key Stages. Workshops are creative, informative and fun, enabling students to experience live music, dance and video projections, and gain appreciation of less common instruments like the dhol, tabla and sousaphone.

The band is a 10-piece but the workshop group can be smaller depending on your needs and budget. Our work links to the new National Curriculum, including:

  • Perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions
  • Play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts
  • Improvise and compose music for a range of purposes
  • Appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions
  • promoting diversity and awareness of other cultures
  • linking to other study areas, such as history, geography and religious studies

See our listing on Music Pages.



Bands and Ensemble workshops

From brass and wind to classroom instruments, our versatile members can engage any age group in making an exciting ensemble sound.

It was really impressive how the children learnt a piece in such a short time” Lewisham music teacher

Our experienced workshop leaders can make creative arrangements with any combination of instruments. From brass and wind to keyboards and guitars to classroom instruments, our versatile members can engage any age group in making an exciting ensemble sound.

We have worked with school bands and ensembles in many parts of the UK including in HereforPagesd, Macclesfield and various London Boroughs. We have also arranged our music for youth brass bands and for community bands.
In 2009 we were commissioned by Music for Youth to create a collaborative piece for the Schools Prom at the Royal Albert Hall. Kay Charlton arranged and conducted a version of Jai Ho from Slumdog Millionaire and Dil Laga Na from the Bollywood film Dhoom.



Interactive Performances

Live music and unusual instruments.

“Thank you for a fabulous experience!” Hobbayne Primary School

Performances can be adapted for any age group and are accompanied by colourful Bollywood film clips. We demonstrate all of the instruments, including the dhol and sousaphone and there is lots of audience participation. We leave follow-up student worksheets with questions on the music and the concert.



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Dance Workshops

Fun, energetic and suitable for all ages.

“Amazing was the buzz word!” Cobham International School

Our dance workshops are fun, energetic and suitable for all ages. Participants learn a variety of moves, expressions and gestures which are put into a routine to music by the Bollywood Brass Band.



Drum workshops

Bhangra and Bollywood beats

“Thank you so much for the inspiration you gave to the children”

All BBB drummers are experienced percussion workshop leaders and have worked in various styles. Drum workshops include Bhangra and Bollywood beats and can also include fusion such as samba beats combined with Bhangra.

All percussion and types of drum can be included, eg: drum kit, dhol, tabla, djembe, congas, bongos and more. We can bring up to 10 dhols with us.


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SEN Workshops

Develop listening skills, respond to aural and visual cues and play together as a group.

Our musicians are experienced at working in Special Schools; workshops are inclusive, friendly and responsive to the individual needs of pupils. They help children reach their full musical potential and include games, singing, percussion and playing a simple arrangement of a Bollywood tune. Workshops develop listening skills, responding to aural and visual cues and playing together as a group.

Participants will listen intimately to drums, wind and brass instruments; play along with BBB musicians and enjoy visually stimulating Bollywood film and dance.


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Multi-media presentation

Bollywood film, weddings and more

The presentation with images, video and music, with the full band or 2-3 members as required. A talk outlines the Band’s history, the development of the Bollywood film industry, brass bands in India, South Asian weddings and Bollywood and Bhangra in Britain today. Some live performance and demonstration of instruments is included.



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GCSE, A level, Further Education

These workshops develop pupils’ understanding of the context and structure of Bollywood music.

  • Make classroom arrangements of a Bollywood tune
  • Learn to arrange music from our repertoire
  • Work towards a performance at the end of the workshop
  • Improve listening skills through analysing the structure of a Bollywood song
  • Explore musical elements such as interplay and contrast
  • Look at dramatic devices such as stops, drum breaks, dynamics
  • Learn about the context of Bollywood film music from a historical and practical point of view
  • The Music of India/Bhangra
  • Composing
  • Performing
  • Improvising

For further information contact Kay Charlton
+44 20 8853 7553 / kay@bollywoodbrassband.co.uk / tweet @bollywoodbrass / facebook