Principal Tutor: Chris Brannick


“The campus is lovely, from the spacious feel to the woodland walks. It had a wonderful sense of calm which permeated the overall experience of the week”
– 2019 course member

For the first time NLMS will have a resident percussion tutor in 2022, and we are therefore accepting
applications from potential percussionists. As places will be limited, early application is recommended. Players will be involved with both orchestras; they will have the opportunity to work as an ensemble and to learn specific techniques from renowned professional percussionist Chris Brannick.

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 well as traditional music from Ghana, Cuba and Brazil. 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!.

Chris Brannick was a founder-member of internationally renowned percussion quartet ensemblebash and was for fifteen years Principal Percussion of Glyndebourne Touring Opera orchestra, leaving to concentrate on contemporary chamber music. In addition to his career
as a percussionist, he is an examiner for ABRSM, has a maths degree, is a qualified executive coach. In 2018 he won the Global Motion Pictures Award for Best Screenplay. Chris has also written and appeared in plays at the Edinburgh and Brighton Fringes.

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

>> Further information on bursaries and scholarships 

As places will be limited, early application is recommended.

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