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RCM Festival of Percussion, 6 May

Mark Guiliana
The RCM Festival of Percussion returns with one of the world’s leading drummers, Mark Guiliana. Admired across the spectrum from jazz to rock to electronic music, he has appeared on a string of acclaimed recordings including David Bowie’s final album.

The jam-packed day features West End percussionists Damien Manning and James Powell, plus the brilliant Ensemble Bash. For orchestral enthusiasts, timpanist John Chimes and the Percussion and Timpani sections of The Royal Opera House will be joining us. Drummers can try out our performance zone, see a BAPAM specialist, or have a free lesson with an expert teacher.

There are plenty of activities for families too and an incredible lunchtime concert featuring the Coldstream Guards presented by O Duo. The Festival also includes a trade fair featuring leading UK instrument manufacturers.

Please note that there is limited capacity for many of these events, including the family workshops, and entry will be on a first-come-first served basis on the day.

Image credit: Deneka Peniston

Booking information

Whole festival tickets: £15
Daytime events only: £10
Big Band concert only: £8



06 May 2018, 11:00am
Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall

The RCM Festival of Percussion returns with a host of different concerts, lessons and talks, and features Mark Guiliana as this year's headline act. 


06 May 2018, 11:00am
Various locations

Ages 4+

Join us for an all-day family workshop as part of the RCM’s popular Festival of Percussion.


06 May 2018, 7:15pm
Britten Theatre

For the grand finale of our Festival of Percussion, musical director of the acclaimed Ronnie Scott’s Big Band Pete Long takes to the stage to lead the RCM Big Band and special guest Mark Guiliana through an unforgettable set of tunes.