Drumming, Wellness and Community in Warrington
Batida Rio is the biggest Samba drumming group in Warrington, North West UK. It’s led by talented percussionists and drummers from the North West, with experience of playing live gigs, festivals, and parades for more than fifteen years. We focus on teaching and playing high energy music that’s accessible to all, regardless of skill level or background. Our music is a fusion of Afro-Brazilian samba reggae styles, crossed with funk, rock and dance to create our own unique and exciting sound. Batida Rio is about making great music, physical and mental well-being, supporting our community, and making friends!
We are open to new members of any skill level, even if you’ve never picked up an instrument before – come down to your FREE first session to find out more!
Fearnhead Cross Community Centre, Insall Rd, Fearnhead, Warrington WA2 (Maps)
We are always open to new members, regardless of background or skill level. Whether you’ve played samba or percussion instruments before, or you’re looking to give a new hobby a go, our music is bigger than the sum of its parts. Don’t think you have rhythm? We’re going to prove you wrong! We have a wide range of instruments to try, and you’ll be encouraged to try all of them over time to find your favourite. The majority of our instruments are Surdo drums, snare drums, and a range of other Brazilian instruments.
You won’t need any equipment either; we have a full compliment of drums, percussion, straps and sticks. Dress for comfort, as you would a light workout session. We’re based in central Warrington; check our Contact Us section and sign up to our Newsletter for our current rehearsal venue.
What is Samba?
Samba is a style of music from Brazil, South America. It originates from the 1920s community music of Rio de Janeiro. The word ‘samba’ originally meant ‘popular dance’ before coming to mean the fusion of Brazilian Samba dance and music. Today, it’s practiced across Brazil through street performance, as well as the Rio carnival. The style has been exported across the world, it has fused with other styles, including funk and reggae, as well as popular Latin music.
When we talk about Samba as Batida Rio, we’re referring to percussion-based music using Brazilian street instruments.
Can anyone play Samba?
Yes! It’s traditionally a community music form, where the rhythms are passed down through generations, and learned by a whole community. There are some techniques to learn, but anyone can pick up and play the basic rhythms. Don’t think you have rhythm? Never played Samba before? Come and see us, and we’ll prove you wrong!
Is Samba accessible?
Our samba percussion instruments range from 22″ surdos, right down to hand-held drums. Our heaviest drums weigh approximately 6kg and we play with the instruments on straps, rather than stands. If you have specific accessibility needs, we’ll talk through those on a case-by-case basis, and there are plenty of options. Our building is fully wheelchair accessible.
Do I need any of my own equipment?
No, all of the drums, straps, and sticks are provided. You just need to turn up! If you wish to purchase your own equipment, we’re happy to refer you to samba suppliers but please note that our Street band will have strict equipment requirements.
What do I need to wear?
Suitable clothing for a medium-intensity activity, and comfortable shoes.
Do I need to be physically fit to play Samba?
There’s no prerequisites on fitness for playing Samba. We do advise that it’s a high-energy performance style which incorporates music and movement, but our attendees will be encouraged at their own pace.
Is there an age limit?
While we don’t enforce a strict minimum age, we recommend that due to the size of the drums we use, attendees should be a minimum of 12 years old. Attendees under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. There are no supervisory or play areas available for children to wait during sessions. If you have any questions, please contact us.
Where/When are sessions?
Sessions are every Thursday from 7pm (with the exception of two weeks off for Christmas). We recommend getting here for around 6:55 so we can start promptly.
Insall Road, Padgate, Warrington WA2 0HD (https://goo.gl/maps/7RVN93swf4npEf9g8).
How much does it cost?
Our current pricing is £5 per session. The first session is always free!
How can I book/pay?
We currently take cash on the door only. We’re hoping to accept contactless payments soon, and later on, pre-booking capability. If you’d like to pre-book/pre-pay for sessions, please contact us for details.
Are sessions COVID safe?
We will be following all government guidelines at the time, and we will keep our COVID-19 policy updated.