Video: Banging the drum for Black History Month at Wakefield Cathedral

A Brazillian percussionist let children loose on a set of drums to kickstart Black History Month.

Claudio Kron conducted an energetic workshop with pupils from St Mary’s Primary School, at Wakefield Cathedral, on Tuesday.

Claudio Kron is running a drumming workshop for children in Wakefield Cathedral. (d621b341)

Claudio Kron is running a drumming workshop for children in Wakefield Cathedral. (d621b341)

And it marked the beginning of a month of activities to raise awareness of African and Caribbean culture and heritage.

Ali Bullivent, education officer for the cathedral said: “We work hard here to celebrate and reflect the culture of the city through arts and education, and as a professional musician myself who loves to work across different cultures, I’m pleased and proud to have been part of the planning committee behind this fantastic event and excited the cathedral is at the heart of it.”

An exhibition created by the Afemai Children’s Trust (ACT) charity, celebrating the first black circus owner Pablo Fanque, who brought his circus to Wood Street in 1847, will be on display inside the cathedral throughout the month.

ACT will give more information about the month’s activities at the Ridings tomorrow, from 9am to 5pm.

An event focusing on cultural clothes will take place at St Andrew’s Church, on Peterson Road, from 10am until noon on Monday. There will be another drumming workshop at the cathdral on Tuesday from 7pm, and a free African community event at the Quaker Meeting House, on Thornhill Street, from 10am until noon.