Principal Tutor: Chris Brannick


For the first time NLMS will have a resident percussion tutor in 2021 – renowned professional percussionist Chris Brannick.

The percussion course is open to non-percussionists as well as percussionists of all standards. So if you have a partner who doesn’t play an orchestral instrument but would like to join you on the course, this could be their chance to join the orchestra! All they need is to be able to read music to a basic level. Every other skill that’s needed will be taught as part of the course.

Advanced percussionists will find their skills stretched, and there will even be opportunities for one to one personal sessions to work on particular techniques or pieces.

On the course we’ll not only be looking at the pieces for the orchestras, but there’s also the chance to work on Ghanaian, Cuban or Brazilian drumming and contemporary chamber pieces. All instruments and sticks will be provided in fun, friendly and inclusive rehearsals.

Players will be involved with both orchestras; they will have the opportunity to work as an ensemble and to learn specific techniques from Chris.

Chris will be teaching and refining orchestral skills from the basic to the advanced, with some quirky cheats and tips and extended techniques thrown in. Depending on numbers, the group will also look at music by Steve Reich and John Cage. As no background knowledge will be assumed, this will be a chance to build on your strengths if you’re already a percussionist, or to surprise yourself with new skills if you’re not.

Scholarships and bursaries are available for both talented students and those for whom attendance would be difficult financially.

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As places will be limited, early application is recommended.

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