The RWCMD Percussion Ensemble in rehearsals in the Dora Stoutzker Hall

The College’s lively percussion department encompasses a thorough training in solo, orchestral and ensemble playing. Through individual lessons, students develop a sound technique in timpani and percussion playing as well as a thorough knowledge of the orchestral repertoire. Additional one-to-one tuition is also provided in drum kit, and there are specialist group sessions in Latin American percussion.

Repertoire sessions take the form of mock auditions or orchestral technique classes under the guidance of Henry Baldwin (LPO). A complementary programme of masterclasses and workshops brings in inspirational musicians from around the world to work with students. Masterclasses this year have been given by Toby Kearney (Co-Principal Percussion, CBSO), Matt King (Principal Percussion, BSO), Steve Whibley (Co-Principal Percussion, BBC Concert Orchestra), Chris Ridley (Co-Principal Timpani, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden), Sam Walton (Co-Principal Percussion, LSO) and InSound Mallets.

All students are members of the Percussion Ensemble, which performs both at the College and at external venues. Students gain valuable skills and experience through involvement in an active outreach programme providing educational workshops to school and community groups.

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The small and supportive department fulfils the percussion requirements of all College ensembles, offering students a broad experience. Its comprehensive range of percussion instruments is constantly reviewed and updated.

Head of Percussion Performance
Patrick King BMus (Hons)

Steven Barnard ARAM
Patrick King BMus (Hons)

Owen Gunnell BMus (Hons)
Henry Baldwin BMus (Hons)

Percussion Ensemble
Phil Girling BA (Hons) AC (WCMD)

Percussion Outreach
Patrick King BMus (Hons)

Latin American
Elliott Bennett BA (Hons)

Drum Kit
Elliott Bennett BA (Hons)
Matt French BMus (Hons)

Percussion Teaching Skills
Patrick King BMus (Hons)
Jayne Obradovic

Visiting Artists
Toby Kearney (CBSO)
Sam Walton (LSO)
Matt King (BSO)
Southern Percussion
InSound Mallets
David Hockings
Eric Sammut
She-e Wu
Jasmin Kolberg
Kevin Hathway
Stephen Whibley
Matthew Perry
Sam Staunton
Matt French
O Duo
Nebojsa Zivkovitch
Arthur Lipner
Antoine Sigure (Philharmonia Orchestra)
Ben Hoffnung (London Mozart Players)
Grahame King (BRB)
Austin Beattie (ENB)
James Gorman (Evita)
Graham Johns (RLPO)