Leicester College Workshop

Dye House Drum Works – Music Workshops and Lectures.

Dye House Drum Works has been working closely with Leicester College, helping students gain entry to higher level education and pro/semi-pro careers in music. As part of this relationship, I was recently invited to host two lectures as a guest speaker at the college’s Abbey Park campus for students enrolled on the Performing Musician and Music Technology courses.

Lee Allatson pictured in a studio at Leicester College

Lee Allatson’s Musicianship and Musicality workshop at Leicester College, 2015

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‘One Voice For Care’ event

Dye House Drum Works’ Lee Allatson supplies the percussive force behind the One Voice For Care charity choir event at De Montfort Hall, Leicester.

I was delighted this year to be asked to play for the One Voice For Care charity event at De Montfort Hall in Leicester by the Leicester City Male Voice Choir’s musical director, Edgars Cuzinskis. The night was held to raise money for the LOROS, Hope Against Cancer and Rainbows Hospice charities and featured The Fron Male Voice Choir, The Military Wives Choir and the Leicester City Male Voice Choir – augmented with members of several other county-wide men’s choirs.

Along with the opportunity to play an interesting mix of hit show tunes, pop ballad arrangements and more traditional hymnal choral items, the event provided an excellent vehicle by which to say Thank You, once again, to the LOROS Hospice, who provided such incredible care for my mum earlier this year.          [*Update: this event raised £9,600!]

De Montfort Hall concert stage with pipe organ, piano and drum set.

Setting up for the ‘One Voice For Care’ event at De Montfort Hall, Leicester. October 2015.

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Leicester Drum Hang 2015

Lee Allatson Hosts a Music Workshop for Leicester Drummers at Quad Studios.

Drum Hang 2015 at Quad Studios, Leicester.

What a great day this was for drumming – and moreover a vibrant display of what Leicester has to offer in terms of drum kit players, teachers and a complete local support network for everything drum and drummer related!

Presented by local player/teacher and long time friend Tim Brown, the event was an open invitation to drummers to bring their kits along and jam together, chat drums and also partake in a program of masterclass-style workshops given through the day by Mark Haynes, Damon Clarridge, Tim and myself. Continue reading