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Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

Mark Guiliana to headline RCM Festival of Percussion 2018

12:19, 1st March 2018

Drummer Mark Guiliana will headline the Royal College of Music (RCM) Festival of Percussion on 6 May 2018.

He will lead a special clinic at this year’s event, and will join Pete Long, musical director of the Ronnie Scott’s Big Band, and the RCM Big Band in concert at the end of the day.

The 2018 festival also features performances from Damien Manning, James Powell and Ensemble Bash. The Junior Ensemble Showcase will feature some of the UK’s leading young percussion groups, and workshops will include an exploration of orchestral percussion repertoire with the percussion and timpani section of the Royal Opera House and timpanist John Chimes.

Activities for families include opportunities to try out Gamelan instruments, drum kit or the marimba, and a lunchtime concert featuring the Coldstream Guards, presented by RCM graduates O Duo and joined by the RCM’s own Drumline Redhocks.

Representatives from some of the world’s leading percussion companies and distributors will also be present at an all-day trade fair.

David Hockings, head of percussion at the RCM and founder of the festival, said: ‘The RCM is indebted to the incredible roster of world-class musicians who travel to the College each year, for the ongoing success of our percussion celebration. I am very excited to welcome Mark Guiliana this year and see him share his amazing experiences and unique approach to drumming with our audience.’

Festival passes cost £15, with 50% concessions available to under 18s and students. Entry to individual events is on a first-come-first-served basis. Tickets are available from the RCM Box Office on 020 7591 4314 or online.


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