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East London youngsters perform in unforgettable Royal Variety Show

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Daniel Adeshina, 20, from Barking, was among 10 youngsters from the east London music project Drum Works who performed with Keala Settle at this year’s Royal Variety Performance, which aired on Sunday 19 December. 

As part of senior ensemble Drum Heads, the former Eastbury School pupil, joined Keala on stage for a rousing performance of the hit This is Me from The Greatest Showman.

Drum Works is a social music project using drumming as a tool to inspire creativity, build social cohesion and empower young people to take control of their futures. Over 500 east Londoners participate each week in schools and as part of community programmes and progression ensembles.

Daniel progressed through the Drum Works school programme and now performs semi-professionally. He’s also now a trainee assistant with Drum Works.

We’ve got some exceptionally gifted youngsters in Barking and Dagenham, and I’m thrilled to see Daniel have the opportunity to showcase his talent by performing in such a prestigious show.

Managing Director of Drum Works, Jenny Beer, said: “Drum Works is all about building confidence and empowering young people from all backgrounds, especially those facing challenging circumstances.

“Seeing our young people performing a song that celebrates diversity and overcoming individual battles was a uniquely powerful and moving movement.”

Playing to a packed audience at the Royal Albert Hall was an unforgettable experience for the young musicians, especially after so many live events have been cancelled in recent times.

The Drum Works project seeks to help young people at risk of exclusion, those with special educational needs, disabilities, and social, emotional or mental health needs. Professional musicians lead high-quality, engaging music sessions to develop confidence and break down social barriers.

Councillor Evelyn Carpenter, Cabinet Member for Educational Attainment and School Improvement, commented: “Congratulations to Daniel and his peers on what was an incredibly inspirational performance.

“We’ve got some exceptionally gifted youngsters in Barking and Dagenham, and I’m thrilled to see Daniel have the opportunity to showcase his talent by performing in such a prestigious show.

“Community programmes like Drum Works are invaluable to our schools and young people.”

Watch a short clip of the performance here.

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