On Saturday 170 drummers, percussionists and dancers gathered for Heart to Drum 2010, a day of inspiring input and workshops from some top musicians, organised by Colchester Psalm Drummers and held at Kingsland Church.
The programme for the day included workshops on samba, drum tuning, djembe playing, dance and worship leading interspersed with plenary showcase presentations through the day in the main hall. After a time of worship with Henry George (Ichthus), Raul D’Oliveira (Elton John, Wham!, Mike Oldfield, Graham Kendrick) set the tone for the day bringing wise words from scripture.
After playing bass for Henry in the morning I spent the rest of the day photographing the event and generally helping out with stage change overs. I also managed to get round to bits of the workshops and seminars which were all packed with people getting totaly involved! Highlights for me were the afternoon showcase by Ed Freitas in his incarnation as Cyba-X combining drums, trigger pads and samples to produce live drum ‘n’ bass, the powerful dance of Andy Au and Kirsty Hallett from Movement in Worship, and the guys from Worship Central who led the evening celebration.
The whole day worked perfectly thanks to the calm efficiency of the Kingsland Church PA and Café team, the quality of the contributors and the organisational skills of Michelle and Dan who are part of the national Psalm Drummers leadership team and leaders of Colchester Psalm Drummers.
There’s a photo set on Flickr here