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.

Prospective candidates are welcome to visit. Please contact us at percussion@ram.ac.uk to discuss making an individual appointment.

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

To find out more, visit us on our 2019 Timpani and Percussion Open Day.

See also

Performance, the central driving force behind all Academy studies
Fees and Financial Support


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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