20th Oct, 2019

Drumming up interest for music right here in Redditch

Imogen Buller 29th Jan, 2018

THE Palace Theatre’s first drum clinic of 2018 has been hailed a resounding success, shining the spotlight on drummers of every ability.

The workshop, hosted by Matt Green from the UK National Drum Fair, aims to give local people the opportunity to learn from some of the best in the business in The Studio, at the Palace.

With a different guest speaker – and expert drummer – at each monthly session, the workshops encourage conversation and the sharing of tips and skills among drummers.

January’s guest was Robert Brian, a busy session drummer from the UK who has worked with the likes of Goldfrapp, Peter Gabriel, Simple Minds, Modern English, Siouxsie Sioux and Andy Shepperd.

The sessions are proving so popular most events are sell-outs, with drummers from the age of eight to 80 getting in on the action.

Host and organiser Matt, said: “Keeping music live is so important – it’s all very well to pick up techniques from watching drummers on YouTube, but you can’t stop them and ask them questions.

“These clinics offer a unique opportunity for drummers to come together and share their talent. We’re still seeing new faces, and we’ve got a great mix of ages and abilities. Everyone who joins us can be inspired by others they meet and hear, and each of them leaves with new skills.”

Matt’s range extends from baroque to rock and is often a guest soloist with different groups, premier big bands and jazz as well as in the studio with rock/pop artists.

The next drum clinic will focus on how to tune drums, with advice from Jeff Davenport, a demonstrator for Remo Drumheads.

It takes place on February 24 at 7.30pm and tickets are £10 from the box office, on 01527 65203, or by visiting www.redditchpalacetheatre.co.uk

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