Timpani & Percussion
This vocational programme attracts only the most dedicated and motivated students. Taught by a
faculty of specialists, educationalists, and Principal players from professional orchestras, it
offers training in the multiple disciplines of modern Timpani and Percussion. Our three large
studios are furnished with the highest quality instruments for your study, practice, and
performance, and are now in such plentitude that there’s never a shortfall. Although tuition is
directed towards orchestral repertoire, we’ve developed well-established traditions of solo
performance and also offer a Solo-Marimba provision.
The weekly 90 minute one-to-one lessons are given by highly reputable professional performers and are enhanced by repertoire classes, and specialized individual and class tuition in Latin American, Ethnic Percussion, Drum-Set, and Baroque Timpani. International artists also come to the Conservatoire to give clinics, workshops, and masterclasses. Recent examples have included Dame Evelyn Glennie, Colin Currie, Sam Walton, Birger Sulsbrück, Leigh Howard Stevens, Eric Sammut, Jasmin Kolberg, David Searcy, Simon Carrington, Keith Aleo and Neil Grover, and Neil Percy amongst many others. We also welcome our distinguished International Fellows several times a year to work with students. Recently Chris Lamb, International Fellow in Timpani and Percussion, gave a series of masterclasses via a live link from the Manhattan School of Music in New York. Now this state of the art equipment is in place we’re looking to develop similar opportunities in future years. We also work twice a year with Eric Sammut, International Fellow for Marimba, who also has charge of our annual departmental concert in April. Involving every student on the programme, he devises the repertoire, takes rehearsals, and often plays alongside the students in performance.
At the Conservatoire our ensembles provide performance experience in Symphonic, Chamber, Opera, Wind Orchestra, Brass, and Big Band repertoire and often percussion students are approached by other students to play in their final year recitals. There are also opportunities to collaborate with other programmes and recent examples include Musical Theatre and contemporary music projects. Percussion students are the most enthusiastic self-generated collaborators and there are endless possibilities for collaboration with other students.
Based in Glasgow, you’ll benefit from studying in a major city of culture with a pool of orchestral opportunities. The Conservatoire runs a professional concerts agency which offers numerous opportunities for paid work across Scotland. We also operate a number of side-by-side schemes with professional orchestras where you can experience the realities of the working world. You’ll be given feedback as to how you were perceived by other players, often resulting in further paid work. We’re delighted that five of our former graduates have been appointed to professional positions at home and abroad.
Thanks to the very generous support of the Yamaha Company, an annual Yamaha-Percussion-Scholarship of £3,000 will be awarded to one of the Department's qualifying students. We also wish to recognize the support of the Avidas Zildjian Company with thanks.