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Benny Greb to headline the Royal College of Music’s Festival of Percussion 2017

Benny Greb tops the list of 2017 performers, which includes percussion quartet Amadinda, the BBC Symphony Orchestra’s Timpani and Percussion Sections and drummer Ralph Salmins

Family workshops and performances to be given by the Band of the Royal Air Force Regiment with percussion duo O Duo and The Lion King percussionist Damien Manning

Benny Greb joins the RCM Big Band and director Guy Barker in a tribute to Buddy Rich in his centenary year

The Royal College of Music is delighted to announce that the international rock, jazz, classical and punk drummer Benny Greb will headline the RCM Festival of Percussion 2017. 

An afternoon drum clinic will provide the opportunity to hear Benny Greb discussing his approach to drumming technique, before he joins the superb RCM Big Band and acclaimed director Guy Barker for an evening concert celebrating the centenary year of trailblazing virtuoso jazz drummer Buddy Rich.

Now in its seventh year, the RCM Festival of Percussion has become an established highlight of the UK percussion calendar and delivers engaging workshops and thrilling musical performances. 

The jam-packed day will feature performances from percussion quartet Amadinda, the BBC Symphony Orchestra’s Timpani and Percussion Sections and drummer Ralph Salmins, who’s celebrating 25 years of teaching at the RCM. Twice ranked top ten Studio Drummer in Rhythm Magazine Readers Polls, Salmins will be featuring with his own Funk band, in a ‘close up and personal’ Rhythm section clinic and with his Jazz trio.

There will be even more on offer for younger visitors this year, with a special lunchtime concert with O Duo and the Band of the Royal Air Force Regiment, Brazilian workshops led by The Lion King percussionist Damien Manning, and family marimba, drum kit, cajon and gamelan workshops (entry on a first-come, first-served basis).

The 2017 festival also offers the chance to try out the RCM’s performance simulator and to talk to representatives from some of the world’s leading percussion companies and distributors at the festival’s trade fair.

David Hockings, Head of Percussion at the RCM and festival founder, said: ‘I’m thrilled to see the RCM’s Festival of Percussion go from strength to strength year on year, and I am looking forward to welcoming hundreds of percussion fans to our 2017 events. An opportunity to see Benny Greb perform and share his vast knowledge is not to be missed!’ 

Full details of the 2017 festival’s line-up can be found below or at

Tickets for the RCM Festival of Percussion 2016 cost from just £10 for adults or £5 for concessions, and are available from the RCM Box Office on 020 7591 4314 or online at

RCM Festival of Percussion 2017

Timetable of Events.

All events take place on Sunday 7 May 2017 at the Royal College of Music, Prince Consort Road, London SW7 2BS 

All day from 10.30am - RCM Trade Fair

Representatives from some of the world’s leading percussion companies will be exhibiting a range of instruments, mallets, accessories and publications. In true festival fashion, you can join in with book signings.

11am | Workshop with Malcom Edmonstone and Ralph and Lester Salmins

Following the release of their first studio album ‘Don le Bunk’, join the trio plus a few special guests for this clinic on groove concepts, time playing and styles, and playing as part of a group. 

11am | Let’s Play Percussion

Come as a family and try out a host of percussion instruments including marimbas, drum kits, cajons and the gamelan. 

11.15am | Junior Showcase 

A series of mind-blowing performances from some of the UK’s top young percussion groups. 

12.15pm | BBC Symphony Orchestra’s Timpani and Percussion Sections

Witness favourite orchestral repertoire performed by world-class percussions.

1.30pm | Lunchtime Concert

The Band of the Royal Air Force Regiment join forces with O Duo and RCM percussionists for an entertaining, family-friendly concert featuring special arrangements of tunes from Riverdance and Mary Poppins, a xylophone extravaganza and audience participation!

1.30pm | “Close up and Personal” with Ralph Salmins

Celebrating 25 years as an RCM percussion professor, Ralph Salmins plus members of his rhythm section host an interactive class for aspiring players on the feel, dynamics and rhythm section concepts.

3pm | Benny Greb in Conversation and Drum Clinic

Legendary drummer Benny Greb talks to Mike Dolbear before taking us through some of the incredible techniques that have led to him becoming one of the world’s most famous drummers and drum clinicians.

3.15pm | Samba Family Workshop

Learn how to play samba with The Lion King percussionist Damien Manning. 

5pm | Amadinda 

Don’t miss this opportunity to see this performance by Hungarian percussion ensemble Amadinda – regarded as one of the most original and versatile percussion groups in the world. 

6pm | Ralph Salmins with his Jazz Trio

Grab a drink and relax with a mix of original tunes and jazz standards. 

7pm | RCM Big Band

For our grand finale, we welcome back special guest Benny Greb for a tribute to Buddy Rich, in the centenary year of his birth, directed by the brilliant Guy Barker. 

Please note that, due to capacity restrictions, admittance to events will be on a first-come-first-served basis.

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