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Meet Our New Head of Percussion, Pat King

5 February 2019

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Pat King, who has been coordinating the percussion department for the last two years. has been appointed as the College’s new Head of Percussion.

Pat, who is also Principal Timpanist with Welsh National Opera, has been passionate about outreach work since he was a student:

“As percussion is such an accessible instrument it makes the ideal starting point for creating music for beginners. I’m really looking forward to working with the already established outreach department here.”

“One of the many things I love about this course here at RWCMD, is that it’s such a tight-knit community of both staff and students.

The College has a real team spirit as a whole and everyone works together to create the best and most inspirational space in which to work.”

Employability is becoming an increasingly important element of music teaching, and Pat works with tutors here such as Owen Gunnell from O Duo:

“It’s important that we also take a fresh approach to employability: in our changing profession it’s important to recognise that training isn’t just about being in an orchestra. O Duo are a great example of the many faces of a modern career in percussion. “

Patrick will be leading The Big Bash on Saturday Feb 16th, one of a series of the College’s Instrument Days.

“Patrick is a leading light in the percussion world, and his reputation as an exponent of his art in the concert hall, and in an educational environment, will enable him to guide the department and to support the future of our young musicians.” Kevin Price, Director of Music

The featured image shows Pat playing with WNO Orchestra, Credit Gareth Iwan Jones

For the full press release go to our Press & Media Centre.

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