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RWCMD Percussion Presents Big Bash Saturday

8 February 2020

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Our Percussionists took over the College for the day to welcome musicians of all abilities for Big Bash Saturday.

Orchestra, ensemble and drum workshops got our visitors warmed up, before the Massed Samba brought the Bash to an electrifying crescendo.

The day was led by Head of Percussion Patrick King, who was joined by Junior Conservatoire students, percussion students, percussionist Owen Gunnell and drummer Matt French.

Owen kicked off with a marimba ensemble, playing a beautiful rendition of Tom Petty’s Free Fallin’ with the Love Music Trust from Cheshire.

Students took turns on the drums, focusing on the importance of rhythm during a boisterous drum kit session with Matt French.

Matt French leading the drum workshop

Patrick took charge of the orchestral session, where schoolchildren from as young as ten tried their hands at timpani drums, maracas and the humble triangle.

Our students helped make sure everyone got involved

Final year student Hope Hollowell told us how much the groups enjoyed themselves:

“The workshops gave everyone the ability to have fun and grow as a musician in their own way.

We joined in with the children and showed them how to play things and how to keep in time.

There was no pressure and it was nice to see everyone having fun and working together as a team.”

The massed samba brought the workshops to a joyful finale, performing at the entrance to the College in a spontaneous public performance, that made it feel like they’d been playing together for years.

“It was a truly amazing day of percussion playing. A chance for complete beginners right up to advanced to make music and really learn in detail from some of the best tutors in the business!” said Patrick

“The community involvement in the samba for people who have never played percussion before was a huge success.”

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What a day of all-things percussion we’ve had at the College, where musicians from beginner to professional levels came together for fun-packed workshops covering orchestral percussion, chamber activity and drums with Patrick King, Owen Gunnell, Matt French and our Junior Conservatoire. The (outdoor!) Massed Samba was a real treat for both young and experienced percussionists alike. To finish the day our Percussion students will perform in the Dora Stoutzker Hall with the fantastic @colincurrieperc. Special thanks to all! #RWCMDPercussion #RWCMD #Cardiff #Percussion #BigBashSaturday Am ddiwrnod o bopeth offerynnau taro rydyn ni wedi'u cael yn y Coleg, lle daeth cerddorion o lefel ddechreuwyr i proffesiynol ynghyd ar gyfer gweithdai llawn hwyl yn cynnwys offerynnau taro cerddorfaol, gweithgaredd siambr a drymiau gyda Patrick King, Owen Gunnell, Matt French a'n Conservatoire Iau. Roedd y (awr agored!) Massed Samba yn wledd go iawn i offerynwyr taro ifanc a phrofiadol. I orffen y diwrnod bydd ein myfyrwyr Offerynnau Taro yn perfformio yn Neuadd Dora Stoutzker gyda'r Colin Currie gwych. Diolch arbennig i bawb! #CBDDC #Caerdydd #Cyfansoddi #BigBashSadwrn

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The day finished with our students performing with ‘the world’s most daring percussionist’ Colin Currie in the Dora Stoutzker Hall.

Our students teamed up with Colin to play modern classics by American composer Steve Reich.

“Working with Colin was amazing. To spend time with a man so astute and masterful was such an inspirational and special experience,” said student Isaac Cortvriend.

“He was so finely tuned to the music around him, he gave me an insight into the mind of someone with outstanding ability. One day I hope to achieve his level of excellence.”

Hope, who performed Ionization with Colin, added:

“It was a great opportunity to be conducted by someone who is renowned in the percussion world.

Colin also chatted with us on the day. He talked about his career and it really gave an insight into career possibilities after we leave College.”

Find out more about our Percussion courses at RWCMD.

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