With well over 1000 performances to date, we’ve performed in front of millions of people. Our performances are varied and have included venues such as Wembley Stadium, WOMAD, Tate Modern, Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Sadler’s Wells, Thames Festival, Notting Hill Carnival, Edinburgh Festival, Glastonbury Festival, International Samba Festival in Coburg (Germany), and as far afield as Hong Kong.
Our audiences are music and dance lovers, festival and club goers, and varied participants of the arts and culture.
We receive support from various organisations in small and substantial ways.
We would like to thank the Arts Council England for their continued support over the years and for our carnival 2019.
Thanks to Expo Cart for supplying us with our Banners for the 2019 Carnival Season.
We often need sponsorship towards our carnival t-shirts, floats or water/refreshment supplies.
If you’d like to support us contact email@example.com.
Numerous people have helped to document the London School of Samba’s activities over the years. Thanks to all of the photographers that have supported us over the years with professional high quality photos and kindly helped document our work:
- Noriega Photographics
- Matthew Webb
- Mo Elnadi
- Dexter Lewis
- James English
- Brian Guttridge
- Boguslaw Mastaj
- Angelika Berndt
- Nicky Gilbert
Thank you to the fantastic film makers that have documented our carnivals, labouring over hours of footage resulting in creative and lively videos that help to show what we do and why:
The Performance Bateria are the group of drummers who are chosen (by invite only) to perform at most of live audience events our organisation encounters as the London School of Samba (LSS).
This group is an invite only group. At the LSS we generally look towards recruiting from developing guests and members attending our open workshops on Sundays at Waterloo Action Centre (WAC) or people we've encountered elsewhere in the world playing samba and have relocated to London. But if you are new to the LSS but have some previous samba experience you'd like to join the gigging bateria, simply come and meet us at WAC on a Sunday and either let a bateria director or the mestre de bateria know you're interested and we'll have a look at your skills there and your community spirit and let you know when we reach a decision.
Either before or after you see us at WAC, email us you intention at firstname.lastname@example.org
In the performance bateria known as the 'gigging bateria' you will be expected to learn more about swing, groove,bossas (breaks) and their relation to various LSS acoustic sets, to learn sambas from the school of past and present as well as some chosen samba from schools from Brazil (in Portuguese) and choreography to aid the performance (something we pride ourselves on). In addition to this we encourage you to increase you general samba knowledge, keep up to date with current samba news and learn about samba's history (although that will be taught school wide) and learn portuguese (even if it's only a little bit).
If you're not initially selected it generally because we feel you have to work on technique, memory or something else there are still opportunities to perform with the samba school in front of a live audience. We hold 3 or 4 performances a year where we invite any member of the samba school to join us for these public performances at events such as the 'London Marathon' or the 'Vitality 10k' and is a great way to bring everyone in the school and other samba friends together. The aim is for each individual to be able to handle the pace of gigging bateria rehearsals and not feel overwhelmed or muddy the collective sound of the bateria.
From no samba experience to fully fledged gigging bateria percussionist may take time, it may not, so a 'no' from entry to the group from us is not personal or a complete rejection, it's simply stating that for some reason at this time either from us, yourself or circumstances like covid numbers, that it's just not possible at this moment in time.
But don't give up, keep trying. You'll still get to play at school wide gigs and we'll eagerly await the time when the circumstances are right to welcome you in our gigging crew.