If you like the sound of performing in a percussion section, and want to improve your abilities, this course will give you the skills to survive and thrive in an orchestra or wind band percussion section. Please note that it is a requirement that to play percussion within the Symphony Orchestra or Symphonic Wind Band you must enrol on those individual courses as a Percussionist. Because of this, course numbers will be limited to the various ensembles. Also please note there will be no percussion ensemble within this course; please sign up for the separate Percussion Ensemble course where numbers will not be so limited. The sessions for Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Wind Band are mostly full ensemble rehearsals. If you are a keen beginner, please let us know in advance, and we can utilise one tutor to overlook the section, and another tutor to do some sectional/more private work if required.
There will be opportunities to look at percussion parts from the orchestral repertoire and gain experience in sight reading. Whilst experience in playing percussion is not mandatory, it is helpful.
The tutors are flexible, and students should be too. Parts are changed around depending on abilities. This ensures you are not out your depth, and fun/enjoyment guaranteed!
The course will give both group and individual instruction on the following instruments: bass drum, snare drum, cymbals, timpani, xylophone and glockenspiel, tambourine, triangle and miscellaneous percussion. Instruments will be provided, however students are encouraged to bring any percussion instruments, sticks and beaters and any percussion music they may wish to study during the week. The course tutor will be on hand within the percussion sections to guide students through the music and to give advice on techniques to improve students playing abilities and build confidence towards the final performances at the conclusion of the week.