Timpani and Percussion

The Academy’s Timpani and Percussion Department, led by Neil Percy, has a worldwide reputation for excellent provision for students and for professional training in the complex and versatile world of percussion playing.

Our aim is to provide students with a variety of related instrument study. Employability is essential to the ethos of the Timpani and Percussion Department; our graduates have full, rewarding and varied careers after attaining the skills necessary for continuing musical and professional development.


The Academy offers Principal Study for both undergraduate and postgraduate percussionists.

Timpani and Percussion: Your Experience

See also: Performance, the central driving force behind all Academy studies


Tara Savile, Department Administrator
Telephone 020 7873 7320 / email percussion@ram.ac.uk

Neil Percy

Head of Timpani and Percussion: Neil Percy

Timpanist and percussionist with the London Symphony Orchestra

Works with composers, film composers, pop and jazz artists

Coaches percussionists at the Pacific Music Festival and National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain


The Principal and the EU


A personal message from the Principal


Auditions 2016


Advice for everyone auditioning for studies in 2017


Percussion Showcase free

12.05.2017 金曜日 13:05, Duke’s Hall

The Steve Reich Mallet Quartet perform a world premiere

Mahler's Symphony no.2 at Royal Festival Hall

22.06.2017 木曜日 19:30, Royal Festival Hall

Semyon Bychkov, conducts Mahler’s kaleidoscopic reflection on life, redemption and resurrection

Junior Academy Symphony Orchestra free

01.07.2017 土曜日 15:45, Duke’s Hall

Gergely Madaras conducts the Junior Academy Symphony Orchestra


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@RoyalAcadMusic • 3月 17
TONIGHT A concert of music by Berio for #woodwind, #strings, #harp & #percussion with @HannahE_Mezzo. 7.00pm #free bit.ly/2mQ6hzn
@RoyalAcadMusic • 1月 27
TONIGHT @colincurrieperc performs works by @SteveReich @rolfwall Carter Stockhausen with students 7.30pm bit.ly/2kjh6Iw #percussion
@RoyalAcadMusic • 12月 14
Congrats to Drum Set Consultant @petererskine, whose Dr Um is nominated in #GRAMMYs for Best #Jazz Instrumental Album. #percussion

‘I’m a firm believer that talent gets you so far, but hard work can take you all the way’

Neil Percy