Renovation Sale, Music Workshops – upcoming events!

Traditional music on the West African Balafon with Mamadou Diabaté

May 26, 2022 @ 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM at West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts at Union Church

Traditional music on the West African Balafon with Mamadou Diabaté 
May 26, 2022 – 4:30pm – 6:30pm Free for students, suggested donation $10 for Adults
Location: (In Person) West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts at Union Church, 133 Old Church Rd, Claremont, NH; Online option via Zoom
Come learn about traditional music on the balafon, a West African xylophone! Mamadou Diabate, a grandmaster of the balafon from Burkina Faso, will share his music and offer a chance to play along. Other percussion instruments welcome! The workshop will be outdoors, weather permitting. If indoors please bring your mask. 

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May 28, 2022 @ 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM at 56 OPERA HOUSE SQUARE, CLAREMONT, NH

!!RENOVATION CLEAN-OUT SALE!!  SATURDAY, MAY 28 FROM 9AM – 2PM 56 OPERA HOUSE SQUARE, CLAREMONT, NH (The old Claremont National Bank and Pleasant Restaurant) In anticipation of the start of renovation for WCCMA’s Claremont Creative Center, come buy yourself a little piece of the old Pleasant Restaurant. Most everything left in the building is available — Remainder Construction Materials (bags of concrete, 2x10s, wood, plywood), Restaurant Chairs, Vintage and Brand New Doors, Radiators, Ceiling Fans, Household Items, and more!  All items are sold “as is”.  Some items need to be deconstructed (wood wall, stairs, etc.). All items must be removed by purchaser in coordination with the onsite staff by 2pm on Saturday.  All items are for sale by reasonable offer. Cash or Check only please.

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Japanese Taiko Workshop

June 1, 6, 7, 2022 @ 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM at West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts at Union Church

Japanese Taiko Workshop 
June 1, 6, 7 6:30 pm – 8pm
Suggested Donation: $20 for students, $30 for adults, $40 for families
Location: West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts at Union Church, 133 Old Church Rd, Claremont, NH

Join this 3-day series of workshop sessions with Claremont’s Taiko Club! All are welcome, whether new to taiko, or building on skills from past years. Participants will be invited to participate in workshops and a performance in the fall. This workshop will be held outside, weather permitting, or indoors with mask. Ideal for ages 10 and up, and adults, but we welcome you to contact us to see about younger participants. This event is funded in part by the NH State Council on the Arts and the New England States Touring program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program and the six New England state arts agencies.

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Summer Singers Troupe

June 10, 2022 at West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts at Union Church

 June – August
Location: West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts at Union Church, 133 Old Church Rd, Claremont, NH 
Deadline: Please register by June 10th
Registration fee: Suggested donation of $35 for adults, $20 for students. Includes registration for group rehearsals and guest artist workshops (2-3).

A fun formation of new community vocal prowess. Join us for the next step on your vocal journey, whether you are new to singing or sing all the time. Over the course of this summer we will build skills and explore our voices. Together we will have fun singing a wide variety of musics (from fun to serious; secular to folk to sacred). Visiting artists will teach us about different singing styles and vocal techniques to make us better individual and group singers. Then in the fall you will be invited to join the group for weekly rehearsals, leadership opportunities, and community concerts This program will be held most weeks (approximately 8) throughout the summer months, primarily on weekday evenings, but with occasional weekend opportunities. Throughout the course of this program we will monitor the community transmission levels of COVID19, and rehearsals may require masks or be held outdoors depending on local conditions.  Program includes:

  • 2 weeknight rehearsals per month to learn music as a group.
  • 2-3 special workshops with singers from around the world to learn about specific music traditions.

Directed by Melissa Richmond and Tim Cohen

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Woodworking with PBS host Tom McLaughlin

Shaker Table Workshop and Q & A with Tom McLaughlin
February 16, 2019 at 1pm
At: Claremont Maker Space

Cost: $30 in advance, $25 for members of CMS or WCCMA by the 9th. $35 after February 9th. 

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The West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts and the Claremont Maker Space are pleased to welcome master woodworker Tom McLaughlin to Claremont for this special program. Participants will learn the techniques used to build the Shaker Hall Table designed by Tom. These tips and tricks will be valuable for other projects as well. Full size, hand drawn plans will be available to purchase for an additional fee (cash or check). At the end of the program the audience will be invited to ask questions.

Beginning with a rare three-year apprenticeship alongside master craftsman P.A. “Pug” Moore in North Carolina, Tom has enjoyed designing and making commission and Custom Furniture full-time since 1990. His designs have received recognition and numerous awards during his twenty-year membership with the prestigious New Hampshire Furniture Masters Association. Since 2001 Tom has also been teaching furniture making from his shop in Canterbury New Hampshire, and currently online through his website . Most recently he has been featured as host of the public television’s Rough Cut with Fine Woodworking. He has also written for Fine Woodworking magazine, and the Adirondack chair he designed is on the cover of the current issue.

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