The World Percussion Group

Assembling the world’s elite

Artistic Director: Tim Palmer (Maraca2 Percussion Duo)
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WE ARE BACK... for the WPG 2024 Academy!

Following the stunning success of the WPG 2021 and 2023 V-Tours, we are delighted to announce a new innovative professional development platform for the modern day percussionist. WPG maintains its core values and endeavours to continue providing a professional development network for some of the world's finest up and coming percussion talent.

The project thrives on creating initiatives to further enhance artistic development and facilitates real life musical experiences at the very highest level. Our three month offering will truly shine as a beacon of excellence amongst the percussion community and we hope will support artists trying to break into the music industry. Your chance to grow as a musician and learn from the most experienced percussionists the world has to offer has never been better!

The WPG has represented artists from 26 Countries to date and through its wide scope of connections has been able to establish itself as a leading global entity within the percussive arts. The WPG has received over 1 million views on cross platform social media through a variety of commercial partnerships. The group has travelled extensively across the USA, Europe, Baltic Capitals, Spain, Portugal and the UK over the years and the WPG Academy is an opportunity to experience world-class education without the necessity of travel.

Monday July 1st 2024 - Sunday July 14th 2024. There are some weekend preparation sessions starting Wednesday May 15th 2024.

The 2024 WPG Academy will once again host the globe's finest most experienced percussionists into the heart of the WPG platform!  If you are a solo percussionist, chamber musician or in an established small group and want to enhance your musical craftsmanship, visibility and employability, then look no further. Our highly impressive team of coaches will leave you energised and refreshed at the end of the V-Tour, enabling you to formulate a professional strategy as you embark on your own personal journey into the professional world.  Selected artists will be invited to participate in multiple top-class masterclasses delivered by: Michael Burritt, Kai Strobel, Evelyn Glennie, Colin Currie, Eriko Daimo, Pius Cheung, Theo Milkov, Cristoph Sietzen, Ji Hye Jung, Emmanuel Sejourne, Nancy Zeltsman, Steve Schick, Svet Stoyanov, Garrett Mendelow, and Tim Palmer.

You will have the opportunity to be involved in performance showcases (pre-recorded concerts), while the Masterclasses with our coaches will be livestreamed on WPG's streaming platform and social media. All live events will be hosted via Restream. (Example to the right - Colin Currie Materclass). Included in your audition you will receive comprehensive feedback (example right) and be given exclusive access to the majority of coaching sessions across the 3 months of activities!

                     There is no reason why you shouldn't apply! IT'S A FREE AUDITION!

You will also be given support in the months leading up to the two-week intensive with a regular Saturday & Wednesday (UK early evening time) performance class delivered by WPG Alumni: Ksenija Komljenovic, Anders Kann Elten, Cameron Leach, Fabian Ziegler, Heigo Rosin, Le Yu, Hsin Hsuan Wu, Nozomi Hiwatashi, Gregorsz Chalinski, Filip Korosec, Tanel Eiko Novikov, Alex Smith, Elliott Gaston-Ross, and Caleb Pickering. These 2 hour sessions are scheduled in May/June 2024, where the whole WPG can come together online to prepare for the July intensive. You will also have the opportunity to engage in select clinics delivered by this Alumni team.

Contemporary percussion music has been a common request amongst WPG past artists and we are delighted to also announce a specially devised rehearsal schedule of contemporary chamber pieces with WPG Alumni, Garrett Mendelow. With works by David Lang, John Psathas, and Iannis Xenakis, Garrett will run several sessions using technology to allow the WPG Academy members to virtually collaborate.

Worried about not being able to make some sessions due to commitments? Don’t worry, we understand and whilst we encourage full attendance, it is not mandatory!

Requirements for 2024 WPG Academy: 

High Speed Internet Connection.
High quality audio/video recording facilities. (Smart phones are permitted for recordings)
High quality webcam or DSLR camera to partake in online sessions.

Introducing our new partner..WPG is a supporter of Lift Music Fund. LMF aims to raise awareness and supports underrepresented students overcome the barriers, financial and otherwise pursue a career in music. Find out more at Lift Music Fund.

Example of Artist Masterclass - WPG 2021 V-Tour: Colin Currie Masterclass

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Testimonials: See just how valuable WPG can be to the next generation of upcoming Percussion Artists.

"I am delighted to be back guiding the WPG through its next phase of development. There are really exciting times ahead and we look forward to once again sharing our WPG Academy platform with the World. Establishing a unique blend of high quality educational content, presenting multiple opportunities for percussionists to hone their performing skills both as soloists and chamber musicians and providing a platform to promote the World's next generation of starlets has always been key to me! Long may it continue..."

Tim Palmer: WPG Artistic Director

Apply to be part of the WPG 2024 ACADEMY

Apply as an Individual, Ensemble Member OR an existing Duo, Trio, or Quartet!

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Are you ready for the world stage?

The World Percussion Group is seeking Individuals, Duos, Trios, and Quartets for the 2024 WPG ACADEMY!

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