Bang Bang Drum School is a community arts project coordinated by Laura Rogatchevskaia, Janine A’Bear and Ilia Rogatchevski.

The school offers drum classes for babies and toddlers, workshops for older children as well as 1:1 lessons. We introduce kids to the concepts of rhythm, notation and DIY sound making in a fun, play-orientated environment. In our group sessions there is often a craft element with an opportunity to make your own hand drum, graphic scores and drumsticks, amongst other things.

The first series of sessions ran in October 2021 at Crumbles Castle Adventure Playground. These sessions were made possible by the We Are Cally Residents Grant Scheme and support from Little Angel Theatre. We have since facilitated workshops at nurseries, festivals and private events.

We are fully insured, safeguarding is in place and all project facilitators have enhanced DBS checks.

Who are we?

Laura Rogatchevskaia has been playing the drums since the age of 16. She has played in various underground bands and experimental music projects, performing across the UK and internationally. Her aim with Bang Bang is to provide children of all abilities with a space in which they can express themselves rhythmically; a fun environment that incorporates experimental and DIY aesthetics.

Janine A’Bear is an electronic musician, DJ and sound artist. She has performed at venues such as Cafe Oto, Corsica Studios and Rye Wax as well as the Supernormal and End of the Road festivals. Janine has worked as a childminder for over 10 years and is also a qualified yoga teacher and gong practitioner.

Ilia Rogatchevski is a sound artist and writer specialising in adventurous music. His audio-visual installations have been exhibited in various galleries across the UK and abroad. He’s a regular contributor to Resonance FM and Wire magazine.

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