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Chris Bartram and Lee Higgins from the International Centre of Community Music (ICCM) will introduce participants to carnival rhythms of Brazil through a hands-on drumming workshop. This session is open to 25 participants and no previous experience is necessary. The central themes of the ICCM are around issues of music, participation, inclusivity and social justice. This session examples these ideas through a practical music-making workshop. Participants must sign up in advance and be committed to the full session.
Committed to people, places, participation, inclusivity and diversity, Lee is the director of the International Centre of Community Music at York John University. Lee is the President-Elect of International Society of Music Education and is past chair the Commission for Community Music Activity. As a community musician he has worked across the education sector as well as within health settings, prison and probation service, youth and community, and adult education. Lee is the senior editor for the International Journal of Community Music and was author of Community Music: In Theory and in Practice (2012, Oxford University Press) and Free to be musical: Group improvisation in music (2010, Rowman and Littlefield).
Chris has been a practising community musician and music educator for the past 25 years, in which role he has worked with many well-known community, education and arts organisations. As part of the team for the new YSJU International Centre for Community Music , Chris’ primary research focus is on the uses of music for promoting health and wellbeing. He has a particular interest in the physical, mental and social benefits of singing. In this context, as part of Converge (a YSJU/NHS partnership developing creative projects for mental health service users), he directs 'Communitas', a community choir for mental health service users and York St John students.