Maraca2 came to town

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LOCAL school children entertained on stage with internationally established percussion duo, Maraca2 at the South Holland Centre, Spalding last week.

Primary school pupils from Holbeach, Whaplode, Holbeach St Marks and students from Sir John Gleed School, Spalding and the University Academy Holbeach joined the duo on stage to perform a rhythmical Samba which showcased their talents. Having attended separate music-making workshops earlier in the month with Maraca2, the students had just half an hour to rehearse all together before the main performance which was amazing considering the rhythms and timings that they had to remember.

The children all looked as though they thoroughly enjoyed the experience of performing on stage, playing agogo bells and drums.

The talented duo, Tim Palmer and Jason Huxtable, went on to perform effortlessly throughout and played marimbas and a vibraphone as they transported the audience to France with “Annalise” and New York with “42nd Street Rondo” an energetic repetitive piece which involved cowbells, bongos and drums. They made playing the instruments seem easy and the sounds they achieved were very expressive.

They wowed the audience with a hang drum, described by the children as a barbecue, and a cajon drum performance which showed the versatility of percussion instruments.

It was lovely to see something a bit different and a valuable experience for the children involved.

To find out more about the duo visit their website