Once Upon A Time in Greece… a celebration of music from the Mediterranean

Thanasis Gavos   Sunday, 22 May 2016; workshop: 11:45am-3:30pm & concert 4:30pm
children, KITE Music, Rebetiko Carnival music workshop,

Get up, Sing, Play & Dance

Calling all young musicians from 6 – 18

Choir, bouzouki, guitar, violin, viola, cello, mandolin etc.

Greek Music Children’s Education Workshop & Performance takes place on Sunday 22nd of May 2016  – 11:45 – 15:30 at St John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Hall in London. The event is organised by the Rebetiko Carnival Festival* and the Workshop by KITE Music** and Supported by Cyprus Educational Mission in UK (KEA).

Greek Music Children’s Workshop & Performance is designed for children and young people aged 6 to 18 years old from every community living in London and participation is FREE.

The workshop, will be led by professional musicians and educationalists who are currently active in performing this genre of music in the UK.

The participants they will have the opportunity to take part in a concert presented to parents and the community in the same afternoon, singing as part of the choir or playing alongside the professional musicians.

Children will learn to sing and play beloved and popular Greek tunes on the guitar, bouzouki, baglama, violin and other instruments, songs from a wide range of Greek classic music including Rebetika songs by Tsitsanis and Vamvakaris as well as repertoire from Theodorakis, Hadjidakis and Xarhakos. The aim of the workshop is to introduce to and teach them about the rhythms and music of their culture, in a relaxed and fun environment.

All instruments are welcome, but if you do not play, just bring your voices… the most important instrument of all! Students must have their own instruments.

Each student will receive a certificate of participation to the workshop.

-Snacks and refreshments will be provided during break and lunch time.  However, you are welcome to provide your child with your own snacks and drink.

-Dress code for the performance: black and white outfit

Boys – white shirt and black trousers

Girls – white shirt and black skirt

Children’s Workshop: 11:45 – 15:30 FREE Entrance

Concert: 16:30

£10, £3 for children up to 11 years old (who are not taking part in the concert)

The proceeds raised from the event will go towards supporting concerts of the Rebetiko Carnival Charity in schools, special needs residences, hospitals and care homes throughout the UK.

Venue: St John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church Hall,
Wightman Rd,
London N8 0LY 


*Rebetiko Carnival is a one month festival happening throughout all of June whereby some of the greatest musicians will be coming form Greece to perform concerts and give workshops throughout London and the UK. The Rebetiko Carnival has recently been awarded official Charity Status, and as such is dedicated to bringing educational and outreach projects to the communities with which they work. The workshops and concert on the 22nd of May is one of the many projects that will take place throughout the whole year.

**KITE Music – ‘Μουσικός Χαρταετός’ was founded in 2009 by the music educators Savvia Kozakou and Olympia Tsarouchi, with the aim of broadcasting the Greek and Cypriot musical culture to children and young people living abroad. KITE Music collaborates with musicians and teachers who live in Cyprus, Greece and UK and organises and facilitates music workshops for children and adults, music lessons, concerts and various other activities.


Please feel free to contact us with any enquiries at:

Rebetiko Carnival Festival:


Email:  [email protected]


KITE Music Workshops:


Email: [email protected]


or call: 07506759727

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