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

Timpani and Percussion Open Day: Please contact us to discuss making an individual appointment

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

Alice Kelley, 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

Gives masterclasses and coaches at conservatoires and percussion events in the UK, Europe, USA and Asia

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Six Academy Students in BBC Young Musician of the Year Finals


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

Neil Percy