Bangers and Crash Percussion workshops in County Cork schools

Posted on: Thursday, 11th January 2018 @ 11:12am

The 2017/18 season of Tuning Up draws to a close with a week of Bangers and Crash Percussion workshops in County Cork schools.

From Monday 22 to Friday 26 January, percussionists Alex Petcu and Caitríona Frost will be visiting primary and secondary schools in Passage West , Waterfall, Ballincollig, Crosshaven, Cloghroe, Clonakilty, Bantry, Innishannon and Bandon.  The workshops will cover a variety of topics including: the use of percussion in cartoons as well as melodies and harmonies; rhythm and pulse exercises; the origins of percussion instruments and what they are made from;  and a demonstration of instruments including the marimba, vibraphone, drum kit, gongs and bells.

This project marks a welcome return for the Bangers and Crash musicians who are so popular with County Cork schools that they have been part of Tuning Up projects for a number of years.

Comments from teachers about last year’s Bangers and Crash workshops:
“Last Wed our school was treated to a spectacular Percussion workshop. Right from the very start the children were completely engaged with Alex and Catriona. They delivered a packed programme that had the right amount of performance and involvement of the children. They had a lovely way with the children and the teachers were very impressed. Overall it was a very positive,worthwhile and uplifting experience. Thank you to the two young presenters/musicians and to you for all the support. “

“ A very musical, educational and enjoyable concert. Great musicianship. “

“Excellent percussion workshop! One of the best so far. Students loved it.”

Tuning Up will return in September 2018 and a letter detailing the workshops on offer will be sent to schools in County Cork. For more information, please contact Sara O’Donovan at sarawcm(at)

Tuning Up is part of Cork County Council’s Arts in Schools Programme and is organised and managed by West Cork Music. Tuning Up is part funded by the Arts Council.