Facilitated rhythmical fun with hand drums and percussion instruments

If your heart is beating you are ready to be...rhythmologised !

Active Rhythmology is run by the father and son team of Steve Parker and Oliver Parker.

Since 2002 we have rhythmologised thousands of people in events ranging in size from a handful to over one thousand people all over the UK.

We have a team that is willing and able to cope with all situations and yet is small enough to provide a personal service for you.

Steve and/or Oliver facilitate all of the events so we take care of rhythmologising your group ourselves - we will never subcontract your special day to someone else!

Most events require just the two of us, however we have additional trained facilitators that work under our supervision for larger events when necessary.

We provide all the instruments - which can be drums, hand held percussion, Boomwhackers or junk percussion. It takes some careful packing but you will be amazed at how much gear we get in our van.

Why We Do What We Do

Our mission is to use rhythm to help people in groups of all sizes to relax, reduce stress and have fun while they are learning to listen, respond and co-operate with others. Becoming rhythmologised creates immediate and long lasting benefits in personal, health and work areas.


To the best of our knowledge our instruments are free of animal products so are suitable for vegetarians and vegans and should not offend any religious sensibilities. They are made using modern processes so have a minimal environmental impact - we have no drums carved from chunks of rainforest timber. Our drum-heads are made from long lasting and light-weight synthetic material that is easy for us to keep clean and in ideal tune so they sound good in the varying climate of the UK.

Drums suitable for vegans and vegetarians


Find out about the types of instruments and rhythm activities you can incorporate in your next event...

Steve Parker playing his djembe in a youth drumming workshop.

Steve Parker

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I have had percussionitis since childhood.

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Early 1990’s started drumming properly.

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Learned hand drumming and some drum kit playing.

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Began to see the effect that rhythm has on people.

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Studied Neuro-Linguistic Programming and became more interested in how people interact.

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When not rhythmologising people I am an arboricultural consultant - so you know that we have the business experience to deal with the administration of your event.

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In 2000 I was fortunate to attend a drum circle of over 100 people facilitated by Arthur Hull – this was the way to let people express their rhythmical spirit! A new path in my life had been lit up so I went off and trained with Arthur Hull - and I have followed this up with additional training every year since.

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September 2002 - employed by Education Leeds to run a weekly Drum Circle at Horsforth Music Centre, Leeds, West Yorkshire. This is still going strong with now an extra group for advanced players.

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December 2002 formed Active Rhythmology as a business to take the positive effects of group drumming and rhythm activities further – corporate events, festivals, schools, community groups, parties, etc.

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January 2003 took on the monthly Harrogate Drum Circle and then in March 2003 started Kirkstall Community Drum Circle that met weekly in Leeds, West Yorkshire - unfortunately both are now closed for reasons out of my control.

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Active Rhythmology continues to attract a wide range of clients and now that son Oliver is available full time we have a team that provides a special service.

Oliver Parker

Oliver Parker enjoying a school drumming workshop playing along with a hand drum.
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I started playing hand drums when I was 7 years old.

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Learned to play a drum-kit and have played in several local bands as time permitted.

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Studied magic and became a junior member of the Northern Magic Circle, winning awards in competitions. Currently a member of the Bradford Magic Circle and now concentrate on close-up magic so if you need a close up magician at a wedding, dinner, ball or function please take a look at my website: Yorkshire Magician - Wedding Magician in West Yorkshire.

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Developed an interest in break dancing/b-boying and train several times a week - it is a good rhythmical workout that compliments the group rhythm making with Active Rhythmology.

I am part of the Masterz Crew who provide professional breakdance performances at all kinds of events. Visit Breakdancers for hire for more information.

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Have assisted with drum circles and similar activities since 2002 and learned a lot from my father. In 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 I trained with Arthur Hull and will continue to develop my skills with further training.

Contact us now about your event for a free quote

Geographical Area Covered

We are happy to rhythmologise your group wherever you are in the country so if you want to use drums, percussion or Boomwhackers to energise, build rapport, educate or simply have fun please contact us for a free quotation.

Based in Horsforth on the north west edge of Leeds, Active Rhythmology is ideally placed to provide your corporate team building activity in Leeds or Bradford and the surrounding North, East, South and West Yorkshire towns and cities of Harrogate, Wetherby, Ripon, York, Selby, Castleford, Pontefract, Wakefield, Barnsley, Dewsbury, Huddersfield, Brighouse, Halifax, Keighley, Skipton and Ilkley.

Good road routes also allow easy access to Kingston upon Hull, Scunthorpe, Doncaster, Rotherham, Sheffield, Nottingham, Derby, Stoke-on-Trent, Stockport, Manchester, Salford, Warrington, Liverpool, St. Helens, Wigan, Bolton, Oldham, Rochdale, Blackburn, Burnley, Preston, Southport, Blackpool, Lancaster, Morecambe, Kendal, Thirsk, Darlington, Stockton-on-Tees, Middlesbrough, Whitby, Scarborough, Bridlington and surrounding areas.

Active Rhythmology do travel all round England, Wales and Scotland - so if you are in London, Birmingham, Newcastle, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow or anywhere else in the UK we can make your event fun, memorable and interesting – just pick up the telephone or send an email so we can talk about planning for your success.

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