About Chango Music

About us

Drumming has been shown to have many benefits. It can directly improve mental and physical health. It can relax and energise. It can foster a sense of connection with others. And it’s fun. 

Our mission is to bring engaging, accessible and memorable drumming experiences to a diverse range of people within the education and community sectors in Bristol and surrounding areas. From one-off events to regular evening classes, we aim to provide an increasing number of outlets for people to gain hands-on experience of world drumming styles and traditions.  

For those wishing to progress further with their drumming skills and experience, we provide regular classes, chances to perform and employment opportunities. 

Andrew Lawrence

Andrew plays violin, double bass, guitar and ukulele, and has been helping communities make their music since 2003. He has led ukulele workshops, community choirs, songwriting projects, jam sessions, and sea shanty sing-a-longs. 

After training as a teacher in 2009 Andrew taught music in a school in Gloucestershire for 4 years. After this he ran a community arts venue and a record label in Bath and gained a masters degree in music. 

Having played in a jazz trio, a big band, a string quartet, a wedding band and a sung in a barbershop quartet, Andrew has a good grounding in many genres.

He feels most excited about the communal aspect of music: the incredibly uplifting experience of making music together. 

Andrew Lawrence Chango Music facilitator