The day-to-day running of the school is undertaken primarily by an Operational Management Team that are directed and supported by the Finance Officer and Board of Trustees. Click here to download our organisational map.
Chris has been a member of the London School of Samba since 2011. Before his time with Unidos de Londres he has been a member of both percussion and symphonic groups in the United States. Chris is supported by a team of Bateria Directors: Mestre Mags, Mestre Fred, Karen, Vik and Assistant Directors Kitty, Philip, Gareth and Jo.
Click here to download a copy of the Bateria structure.
Kanika volunteers for the London School of Samba producing our internal newsletter, coordinating all internal communications including press and website updates. Kanika also performs as one of our dancers.Comms Team: Kitty, Fred, Chris B, Matt
Chris volunteers for the London School of Samba producing our external newsletter and coordinating all external communications. He’s the first port of call in liaising with the general press and collates news internally for public consumption on a monthly basis.
Fred volunteers as part of the communications team, maintaining our many social media channels such as Facebook and YouTube. He helps to create content in the form of bulletins, photography, articles for the website, video and innovative ways for our social presence to increase the organisations marketing potential, build links with other organisations, welcome individuals and increase the organisations internal membership. Fred plays repique and assists with organisation of players in the bateria.
Matt volunteers as part of the Communications team working on our website. He helps to create content in the form of articles, photography and generally keeping the website up to date. Matt also plays caixa in the bateria.
The London School of Samba is 30 years old and the founding members who were around in the early days are spread across the world and moving on. As this happens, a little part of history is lost. But since 1994 Mags has been keeping an archive and history of our activities going all the way back to 1984 in the form of photos, videos, audio and written archives as well as having many great stories to recite. Mags plays repique and assists with organisation of players in the bateria.
Board of Trustees
The Trustees of LSS have overall responsibility for its strategic direction. They meet every quarter to ensure that the organisation complies with relevant legislation, is financially sound and promotes its charitable objectives.
Our Trustees are:
- Helena Cook, Chair of Trustees
- Neil Turner Nash, Treasurer
- Paul Marwood, Trustee
- Merle Joseph, Trustee
- Steve Fox, Trustee
- Zuleika Henderson, Trustee
London School of Samba offer dance and drumming classes for complete beginners to performer level. We parade every year at the Notting Hill Carnival which is open to all abilities. Our performance group travel the UK and abroad to do shows and are available to hire for private functions>>.
All our costumes are made by hand and you can learn the techniques used at one of our costume making workshops. You can also hire one of these spectacular outfits for an event. There are also regular Make-Up workshops to learn how to prepare the performers for shows and carnivals.
We are a friendly charity whose mission is to allow people to experience the feel and emotion of Brazilian arts through samba dancing, samba drumming and carnival preparations. Everyone is welcome at the school and there is a place for everyone.