Penzance Samba School

Penzamba at the Green Fair

An open access community percussion group based in Penzance, Cornwall.

Interested in joining, taking a holiday in Cornwall?
Come along to one of our regular workshops in Penzance.



Held on Saturday mornings from 11-1.00 at St.Johns Church Community Room, Penzance.

Directions:A30 into Penzance,past "Tesco" roundabout, 2nd.right (signposted "Mount Prospect Hotel") up hill, left at St.Johns Terrace and left again down Trewartha Terrace. Parking bay on right,church on left.

Though we meet in Penzance, our members come from around west Cornwall including Truro, Falmouth and Redruth.

Beginners and experienced players are welcome to come along.

Show map of the workshop venue.



Everyone is encouraged to take part in public performances.
These take place mostly during the warmer months. In the past year we've been involved in many festivals and parades around Cornwall including; Trevithick day, Newlyn Fish Festival, City of Lights in Truro as well as involvment in community workshops.

Gigs in 2004

Green Fair, St. Johns Hall, Penzance, Sat 10th April.
Mardi Gras, Helston, Sat 17th April.
Trevithick Day, Camborne, Sat 24th April.
Steam Rally, Indian Queens, Sat/Sun 24th 25th July.
Carnival, Flushing, Sat 31st July.
Encontro Atlantico, St. Ives, Fri/Sat/Sun 3rd - 5th Sept.
World record attempt, at Encontro Atlantico, 2pm Sun. 5th Sept.

Penzamba at the Green Fair

Events Organisers

Need a band for your carnival, festival or fete?

Penzamba are available for large or small events, performing or providing workshops for children or adults.
Rates are negotiable, for details.



We operate as an unincorporated association, governed by a constitution and managed by a committee elected annually.

The present committee consists of four members.

  • John Byrne, Treasurer.
  • Peter Fox
  • Jane Griffiths
  • Claire Simpson, Chair.
Penzamba at the Green Fair


Contact us

For enquiries or bookings please contact either:

Tel. 01736 362160
Tel. 01736 361676


Samba in the UK

It has been estimated there are over 300 performing Samba bands in the UK.
Music based on samba instrumentation is possibly becoming the largest participatory musical form in Britain.

For an interesting overview read "Samba Groups - A Snapshot", a report commissioned by Pax Nindi of the Arts Council of England Drama Department (April - September 2002) written by Daniel Bernstein in consultation with practitioners in the art form.

You can download a copy as a 64k zipped pdf file.


Links and info on samba in the UK, Eire and Worldwide

The UK Samba Association web site

NEW Diary of UK samba events (Carnival, Course, Gig, Workshop etc.)


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Updated 8th Dec. 2004 ©Penzamba 2004