More than drumming
Drum Runners create, promote and run projects, workshops and performances using music, multi-media and the creative arts. These range from educational workshops and projects to events management and we offer accessible short- to long-term projects. Utilising artists from a wide range of different cultures and disciplines - singers, drummers, musicians, dancers, dj’s, visual artists and music technologists - we tailor make workshops, projects and performances to meet your aims.Workshops and Projects
Employing a number of freelance artists from a wide range of cultures and disciplines we work all across the South of England and beyond. We work with schools (all ages), colleges, work places, immigration removal centres, community groups, youth clubs, special needs groups, children’s centres, local authorities, theatres, voluntary organisations, festivals, police authorities, health authorities, sports centres and clubs, arts centres and housing associations. So, we work with all ages and abilities – in all places - and we like to encourage cross community partnerships with everyone we meet.
Drum Runners use a wide range of artists with a variety of skills. Between them they cover many different cultures and genres of music, dance and the arts. They can work with all ages and in all types of spaces. We are always looking for new artists to work with so please contact us if you would like to find out more. We can offer; Percussion: Junk percussion, African, Middle Eastern, Indian, Latin American, samba, body percussion, foot percussion and spoons! / Dance: African, capoeira, samba, clog, ceilidh, Chinese, Appalachian, contemporary, body movement, English, European, dance calling and choreography. Singing: English, African, MCing, rapping, Indian, harmony, rhythm & rhyme and community singing. Instruments: Lots of our artists can offer instrument skills training. As well as the percussion styles i.e, junk, djembe, samba, darabuka, they can also cover guitar, bass guitar, steel pan, brass (saxophone, trumpet), fiddle, flute, keyboards and sitar as well as other lesser known instruments. And finally……. there's lots more including: songwriting, multi-media, special needs, storytelling, soundbeam, community art, drum making, film & video making, junk fashion, sound engineering, DJing and music technology.
We can specifically offer training in the following areas and have a number of artists skilled in: • Team Building • Stress Relief • Change Management • Skills Training (artform and genre specific – eg, African drumming, Chinese dance). All of these training opportunities work well for: • Corporate Training • INSET Days • Conferences • Community Groups. Tailored training sessions can range from a post lunch ‘wake-up’ session at a conference to a series of team building events. Whether it’s drumming, singing or dance – all are a great way of getting people working together towards a common goal with our skilled tutors. A lot of the workshops and projects that Drum Runners deliver are seen as training and/or educational. All can be tailored and adapted to meet your aims and objectives and don’t forget that we can help to organise/promote your event or plan your project.
Drum Runners Trading is a partnership of Paul Midgley and Jason Knight. Both Paul and Jason used to work for Traditional Arts Projects (TAPS) as Associate Artistic Director and General Manager respectively. When TAPS had to close its doors in April 2008 they joined together to continue to deliver some of the work they had developed with the organisation. Initially that work was for MID (Music In Detention) working in Immigration Removal Centres and their surrounding communities. That work continues, and has developed further, but now Drum Runners delivers much, much more with a number of ongoing projects, one off workshops and festival events management. Between them, Paul and Jason have over 35 years experience of working directly in the arts as well as a number of years experience working for commerce.
I have engaged Paul's services for creative input with young people, including hard to reach young people. Paul has offered creative ideas and worked well within the service aims needed. A great professional who brings a breath of fresh air.
National Coordinator for Family Support Volunteers Project at Together for Short Lives
Paul used the students' abilities to include them in the music process so they felt really involved.The instruments were really accessible and Paul involved all of the students at all times. It was a great day!
Parity for Disability
I am the Police Community Support Officer for Crowthorne Village, and have been doing this role for over 10 years. I met Paul, when Crowthorne was experiencing high levels of anti social behaviour. With a little help of government funding we asked Paul to drum on the village recreation grounds, on a Friday evening between the hours of 4pm -7pm. It did the trick! The young people absolutely loved turning up to this event! Paul tailored his classes to his teenage market perfectly. He was always surrounded by the young people and positively engaging with them.” It has been great fun working with Paul!
PCSO Houska-Mitchell C9689
Thames Valley Police
Paul ran some workshops for us at the Bristol Reuse Festival and they were absolutely fantastic, very engaging and fun for all ages (including us grown-ups!). He brought energy, enthusiasm and great music to the day and really fitted in with our reuse ethos. His instruments made of waste, sound absolutely incredible- who'd have thought you can make a beautiful-sounding flute from an old piece of pipe?! I couldn't recommend him more highly.
Bristol Reuse Festival 2016
Drum Runners perform a vital role for Basingstoke Live. They have been a key factor in its success since 2008 and continue to be a driving force. They show great creativity while always paying attention to detail ensuring they deliver on every level. They are entirely dependable and a pleasure to work with.
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council
The service from Drum Runners to families with young children through the children's centre has been top drawer. The kids LOVE the sessions and get a lot out of them, and the sessions hit all sorts of EYFS outcomes. Drum Runners have been easy to deal with. They are a very professional and inspiring organisation.
Honeycomb Children’s Centre
Drum Runners and the people in it have been delivering music workshops in Immigration Removal Centres for us since 2005. This work is enormously challenging. Drum Runners are outstanding in the sheer quality of their work and their fantastic commitment to it.
Music In Detention
Paul is very good at helping other organisations get started. Thanks to the help of Paul Parability is now going from strength to strength, as well as a thriving Facebook and Twitter base Parability now has a place in the local community.
Founder at Parability
Paul is full of life, creativity and vitality. He always has the interest of the participants at heart, never pushing his own ego or personality but building up the confidence of the participants by providing well organised and wholly positive experiences. It is always an inspiring and uplifting experience working with Paul.
Paul really brings the entertainment and audience involvement to every show. From young to all ages he captures the the essence of what is needed and is very responsive to the situation in hand.
I have worked with Paul on a number of occasions and also been a audience member.
I can truly say that Paul works a crowd to the fullest and behind the scenes planning and attention to detail is followed to the maximum. 100 percent of what is promised from Paul will be attained to. Drum runners and Paul should be the first choice for events, team building, parties and varied engagements.
Iso AUDITOR, Trainer, security Specialist