The RCM Festival of Percussion returns with one of the world’s leading drummers, Mark Guiliana. Admired across the spectrum from jazz and rock to electronic music, he has appeared on a string of acclaimed recordings including David Bowie’s final album.
Entry to Festival events is on a first-come-first-served basis.
Sessions marked with * are particularly suitable for families.
Line up for 2018
All day from 10.30am:
Trade Fair: With representatives from some of the world’s leading percussion companies.*
Interactive Zone: Calling all drummers! Test your ability to keep time in our performance simulator and beat your way to the top of our leaderboard.*
Other daytime events:
11am | Shades of Swing with James Powell: James Powell and his band explore the sounds of swing, blues and jazz.
11.15am | Let’s Play Percussion: Come as a family and try out percussion instruments including the gamelan, cajon and drum kit.*
11.15am | Junior Showcase: A series of mind-blowing performances from some of the UK’s top young percussion groups.*
12.15pm | Royal Opera House Percussionists: Hear favourite opera and ballet repertoire performed by members of the Royal Opera House Percussion Section.
1.30pm | Lunchtime Concert: The Coldstream Guards join forces with O Duo and RCM percussionists for an entertaining, family-friendly concert.*
3pm | Mark Guiliana in Conversation & Drum Clinic: The legendary Mark Guiliana sits down with Mike Dolbear before showing us his incredible skills. To open the session, we’re delighted to welcome 2018 Young Drummer of the Year JJ Wallace.
3.15pm | ‘Close up and Personal’ with John Chimes: Former BBC Symphony Orchestra timpanist John Chimes shares over 40 years’ experience in the business.
3.30pm | Samba Family Workshop: Learn how to play samba with The Lion King percussionist Damien Manning.*
5pm | Ensemble Bash: Experience the quirky performance style of acclaimed group Ensemble Bash.
6pm | James Powell Jazz Trio: Grab a drink and enjoy the musical stylings of James Powell, Jim Watson and Chris Dodd.
Image credit: Deneka Peniston
'Guiliana, a technical master with a rare sense of musicality, has over the past decade become one of the most influential drummers of his generation'