Get Involved


Drum, sing or play with others from Reading.

Our bands are led by experienced, professional musicians who create a fun, sociable space to make and play music together. Our projects are open to beginners as well as more experienced players. You can take part just for fun or get involved in performing at local events and Readipop Festival.



Beatroots is Reading’s community Samba drumming group. It has been running since 1996 and has performed at many major events and festivals including WOMAD, The Thames Festival and the Olympic Rowing during London 2012. New players are always welcome and absolute beginners can join the band by taking part in a Samba 101 taster workshop.

More experienced players can join any time.

Sessions normally take place every Tuesday 8-10PM at The Weller Centre, Caversham.

Please contact Beatroots first as breaks are taken around term times and holidays.

Weekly sessions are part workshop and part rehearsal depending on the time of year and how busy the band is with gigs and events.

Email to arrange to join.



Learn, develop and rehearse African rhythms played on a mix of traditional drums and percussion including djembes and dun duns. This is an informal workshop leading to opportunities to perform at local events. Complete beginners are welcome and drums are provided. Every Wednesday 7 – 9pm at Readipop Studios £6 per session Call 0118 3272442 to join or just turn up!

Jukebox Jams

A weekly relaxed jam-along for over 50s. Ukelele orientated but feel free to bring any other instuments. No experience necessary.

Hosted at Readipop Studios, 15 Trafford Road, RG1 8JP, every Thursday 11:00 am to 13:00 pm.

Email for any enquiries!