Rhythm & Brews

Bring some joy and relaxation to your day with this fun and friendly music and movement session, followed by time to chat over a brew!

Explore a range of live music and movement styles, from the uplifting rhythms of traditional African Zulu music and dance to the relaxing notes of the piano as we stretch. The perfect ‘pick-me-up’ for your body and mind!

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When & Where?

Friday lunchtimes
Upstairs hall, Southgate Church, Langdale Street, Elland. HX5 0JL
All sessions run:
12pm – 12.45pm: movement and music workshop
12.45pm – 1.30pm: time for a brew
NEW DATES COMING SOON

Big thanks to Local Giving’s Magic Little Grants and Elland Ward Forum for supporting this project.

A dance artist wears a Curious Motion branded top as he leans forward into a stretch. In the background are other people who are also stretching
A group of people stand together with their arms outstretched and big smiles!
A musician plays the keyboard
A lady stands with there hands clasped as she joins in with a stretch
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Join us for all sessions, or just some, but make sure to book in advance – places are limited to ensure we can monitor class sizes to keep everyone safe during the pandemic.
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Meet the Musicians

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Rosie Doonan

Rosie Doonan hails from Wakefield, West Yorkshire. Born into a large family of traditional folk musicians, it was inevitable that she would join the family heritage. Raised on the traditional folk music that her grandfather, father and uncles played in The Doonan Family Band, and more recently The Mighty Doonans, she then sang and played saxophone in the family soul band, The Solicitors from an early age. She then went on to forge a musical career in her own right, as a solo artist – releasing many critically acclaimed folk albums and as one half of the Rosie Doonan and Ben Murray duo, who were nominated for a BBC folk award. Her most recent project “The Lullaby Sessions” is album of atmospheric, relaxing original lullabies for adults and children, released in May 2020. 

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Abi Austin

Abi Austin is a local Community Music Group leader. She runs the Hipperholme Community Choir and the Ripponden, Stainland and Greetland Community Choir, as well as the Brighouse Beginner Ukulele Group and also music classes for babies and toddlers. It is her baby and toddler classes where her name, ‘Abi Ukulele’, came from! She has also been leading the Orange Box Choir. Originally from Carlisle, she studied music at Huddersfield University and stayed mostly around the area, aside from a year spent teaching Kindergarten in Thailand. Abi loves to be involved in Community Music, making music fun and accessible for everyone!

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Thanda Gumede

Thanda is the founding and managing member of the touring freelance cast known as Zulu Tradition all the way from Durban South Africa. He has been touring the UK for several years to perform in festivals, theatres and high profile events including the first ever Nelson Mandela Day at the British Museum in London (sanctioned by the U.N.); the Theatre Royale in West End for Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra and an exclusive performance for all the 44 members of the British Royal Family in Buckingham palace, to name a few. Thanda is also part of Ubunye-Unity band currently touring the UK as part of the 2017-2018 Northern Line Jazz Rota and headline act of the 2017 Manchester Jazz Festival. Additional projects include Opera North Lead Artist 2019, The People’s Lullaby Project.

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Sandile Duma

Sandile Duma is a native of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa and is now based in England. He is a befittingly respected vocalist, dancer and drummer who specialises is traditional African music and choreography. Sandile is a seasoned and experienced performer with live and TV appearances across Africa, Europe and the Middle East with the dance troupe Zulu Tradition as well as Africo Productions. He has performed for the British Royal Family on several occasions. He also performed for Nelson Mandela and has shared the stage with the legendary Ladysmith Black Mambazo. In addition to festivals, theatres and high profile events, his repertoire includes community outreach through workshop facilitation designed around his Zulu heritage.

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Kieran West

Kieran originally is from Bracknell in Berkshire but moved north to study at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds, and graduated in July 2021. He is now a freelance dancer and musician looking to find pathways into each of these art forms, blending them together. For Rhythm & Brews, Kieran will be providing opportunities to explore creating sound with guitars and pedals, plus we’ll be moving to the sounds we create too!

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Testimonials

“I look forward to coming. I enjoy the relaxation sessions as well as the singing, dancing, and playing the drums. After the session it is very good to have a chat and it cheers me up.
Angela, Rhythm & Brews participant
“I had a wonderful journey over the seven weeks I have been attending Curious Motion. Very happy and uplifting sessions. Very much hope there will be more to come!”
Tina, Rhythm & Brews participant
“I have really enjoyed the sessions. I like the variety of exercises and particularly the various music and the singing was great fun. An enjoyable time, and refreshments as well!”
Judith, Rhythm & Brews participant