Our Current Queen

2018 – 2019 Nina Appio

(Photo: haridas_dop )


2017 – Present – Patsy Hayward

(Photo: ) Wayne Campbell

Rei Da Folia

2018 – Present – Nathan Gapomo

(Photo: ) tantse.co.uk

2019-2020 Queen Comp


To Be Determined


Wednesday July 24th Bar Floripa


2018 – 2019 Nina Appio

(Photo: haridas_dop )

2017 – 2018 Lucy Laetitia

(Photo: Brian Guttridge)

2016 – 2017 Hannah Acido

(Photo: Wayne Campbell)

2015 – 2016 Patsy Hayward

(Photo: Mo Elandi)








2014 – 2015 Kanika Findley-Chin

(Photo: Wayne Campbell)

Rainha da Bateria 2013 - 2014 Jo Wierzbinska

2013 – 2014 Jo Wierzbinska

Photo: Matthew Johns

Rainha da Bateria 2012 - 2013 Yazzmin Newell

2012 – 2013 Yazzmin Newell

(Photo: John Lastauskas)

Rainha da Bateria 2011 - 2012 Karla-Jayne Thomas

2011 – 2012 Karla-Jayne Thomas

(Photo: M Johns)

Rainha da Bateria 2010 - 2011 Orquidea Felgueiras

2010 – 2011 Orquidea Felgueiras

Photo: LSS Archive

Rainha da Bateria 2009 - 2010 Zara Walker

2009 – 2010 Zara Walker

(Photo: LSS Archive)

Rainha da Bateria 2008 - 2009 Ella Peck

2008 – 2009 Ella Peck

(Photo: LSS Archive)

2007 – 2008 Kati S

(Photo: Paul Brooks photogrpahy)

Rainha da Bateria 2006 - 2007 Charlotte Seguro Tome

2006 – 2007 Charlotte Seguro Tome

(Photo: LSS Archive)


Rainha da Bateria 2005 - 2006 Aparacida Morrison

2005 – 2006 Aparacida Morrison

(Photo: Rob Cummins)

Rainha da Bateria 2004 - 2005 Sasha Koura

2004 – 2005 Sasha Koura

(Photo: LSS Archive)

Rainha da Bateria 2003 - 2004 Samara Reis

2003 – 2004 Samara Reis

(Photo: Leila Peerun)








2002 – 2003 Laura Xavier

(Photo: Paul Marwood)


Rainha da Bateria 2001 - 2002 Rosaria Gracia-Luque

2001 – 2002 Rosaria Gracia-Luque

(Photo: Leila Peerun)

Rainha da Bateria 2000 - 2001 Mariana Whitehouse

2000 – 2001 Mariana Whitehouse

(Photo: Paul Marwood)







1999 – 2000 Luciana de Oliveira








1998 – 1999 Rachel Williams-Smith

Rainha da Bateria 1994 - 1995 Maite de Oliveira

1994 – 1997 Maite de Oliveira

(Photo: LSS Archive)


The first LSS Rainha da Bateria competition was held in 1998 in Waterloo.

It is usually held in the second half of July in time for the August Notting Hill Carnival Parade.

Rei Da Folia

2018 – Present – Nathan Gapomo

(Photo: ) 


2015 – 2018 – Chris Do Funk

(Photo: ) Wayne Campbell


2014 – Carlinhos De Salguiro

(Photo: ) Wayne Campbell

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 lssbateria@gmail.com

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.