Royal College of Music - Festival of Percussion

Sunday 7th May 2017

The RCM Festival of Percussion returns with special guest, the international rock, jazz, classical and funk drummer Benny Greb.

The jam-packed day features O Duo with the Band of the Royal Air Force Regiment, drummer and RCM professor Ralph Salmins performing with three different groups, top percussion quartet Amadinda, and Brazilian workshops with The Lion King percussionist Damien Manning.

The Festival also includes the RCM Trade Fair with leading UK instrument manufacturers, family workshops and the chance to try out the RCM’s performance simulator.

Please note that there is limited capacity for many of these events, including the family workshops, and entry will be on a first-come-first-served basis on the day.

Benny Greb


All day from 10.30am | RCM Trade Fair
Representatives from some of the world’s leading percussion companies will be exhibiting a range of instruments, mallets, accessories and publications. In true festival fashion, you can join in with book signings.

11am | Workshop with Malcom Edmonstone and Ralph and Lester Salmins
Following the release of their first studio album ‘Don le Bunk’, join the trio plus a few special guests for this clinic on groove concepts, time playing and styles, and playing as part of a group.

11am | Let’s Play Percussion
Come as a family and try out a host of percussion instruments including marimbas, drum kits, cajons and the gamelan.

11.15am | Junior Showcase 
A series of mind-blowing performances from some of the UK’s top young percussion groups.

12.15pm | BBC Symphony Orchestra’s Timpani and Percussion Sections
Witness favourite orchestral repertoire performed by world-class percussionists.

1.30pm | Lunchtime Concert
The Band of the Royal Air Force Regiment join forces with O Duo and RCM percussionists for an entertaining, family-friendly concert featuring special arrangements of tunes from Riverdance and Mary Poppins, a xylophone extravaganza and audience participation!

1.30pm | “Close up and Personal” with Ralph Salmins
Celebrating 25 years as an RCM percussion professor, Ralph Salmins plus members of his rhythm section host an interactive class for aspiring players on the feel, dynamics and rhythm section concepts.

3pm | Benny Greb in Conversation and Drum Clinic
Legendary drummer Benny Greb talks to Mike Dolbear before taking us through some of the incredible techniques that have led to him becoming one of the world’s most famous drummers and drum clinicians.

3.15pm | Samba Family Workshop
Learn how to play samba with The Lion King percussionist Damien Manning.

5pm | Amadinda 
Don’t miss this opportunity to see this performance by Hungarian percussion ensemble Amadinda – regarded as one of the most original and versatile percussion groups in the world.

6pm | Ralph Salmins with his Jazz Trio
Grab a drink and relax with a mix of original tunes and jazz standards.

7pm | RCM Big Band
For our grand finale, we welcome back special guest Benny Greb for a tribute to Buddy Rich, in the centenary year of his birth, directed by the brilliant Guy Barker.


Daytime events only: £10

All-festival tickets: £15
Includes entry to all daytime events and the evening RCM Big Band concert. Add both events to online basket to receive automatic discount.

* Over 60s, under 18s and students receive a 50% discount