The RCM term is now completed, and the percussion department were kept extremely busy right up until our last week, ending with the percussion showcase and a drum kit performance class with Ralph Salmins.
This term has been packed with masterclasses for the percussion department: Gareth Roberts came in to do a class about performing on West End shows, Grahame King took a class on timpani ballet repertoire, Gillian McDonagh delivered another great mindskills seminar, She-E Wu came to work with the department for a few days, Owen Gunnell worked with the first years on their first showcase performance, and the postgraduate students had masterclasses with Matt King and Steve Quigley.
I was also invited this academic year to be part of the BBC symphony sit in scheme, where I am mentored by Fiona Ritchie and Tony Bedewi from the percussion and timpani section and I have very much enjoyed watching the orchestra rehearse and getting the opportunity to play a little.
Next term I have been informed about the projects that I shall be performing in, and I am particularly looking forward to playing in the Les Noces performance at Royal Festival Hall under the baton of Vasily Petrekno, and in the Alpine Symphony Concert with Bernard Haitink.
The RCM percussion department is a busy and exciting place to learn and I feel very lucky that we have so many performance and masterclass opportunities, all contained within an amazing suite. I was also fortunate to meet Rebecca from Bell Music at the donors award evening this term, and get to know her and her role within the ever growing company. A few weeks later when at Bell I also stopped by and said hello to Mike, owner of Bell Music, and it is really lovely to be able forge closer links with a company who are passionate about the development of musicians whilst in education.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish all at Bell music and its customers a very merry Christmas, and a happy and prosperous 2018.