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


Academy unveils new Finzi scholarship and bust


The Royal Academy of Music has unveiled a new specially-commissioned bust of the English composer Gerald Finzi as well as a significant new scholarship in the composer’s name


Auditions 2016


Advice for everyone auditioning for studies in 2017


APITOS!: Salsa Night for Dave Hassell free

24.11.2017 金曜日 19:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

The Academy’s Timpani and Percussion and Jazz departments join forces for this concert of Cuban and Brazilian music.

Junior Academy Symphony Orchestra free

02.12.2017 土曜日 15:45, Duke’s Hall

Richard Dickins conducts the Junior Academy Symphony Orchestra


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@RoyalAcadMusic • 9月 01
Fourth-year #percussion student Jonny Mansfield tells @LondonJazz about his conversion to #jazz and his new CD: bit.ly/2epFzKn
@RoyalAcadMusic • 5月 17
New to our YouTube channel: professor @colincurrieperc performs @SteveReich with students: bit.ly/2pKyVXr #percussion #mallets
@RoyalAcadMusic • 5月 12
New to our YouTube – #percussion professor @colincurrieperc and students perform @SteveReich's Mallet Quartet: youtu.be/M7IS9WkY5X4

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

Neil Percy