The World Percussion Group

Assembling the world’s elite

Artistic Director: Tim Palmer (Maraca2 Percussion Duo)
  • How many members of the World Percussion Group will be selected?
    We are currently accepting 20 members for this year's Virtual Academy. The number of soloists, ensemble players and chamber groups is 100% flexible at this point and is entirely dependent on audition results.

  • I am from outside the USA and Europe. Does this mean I can still apply for WPG?
    YES! WPG Academy will be a virtual experience so there are no travel implications associated with this year's tour. Activities will be held in the UTC Time Zone.

  • If I am selected for the WPG, when do I have to pay my course and tour fee and how much is it?
    Course fees for WPG 2024 are due in full on Monday 10th April 2024. The fee to participate this year is £975 GBP all inclusive. If you wish to setup a payment plan please do contact us, and some scholarships will be available!
  • What materials do I need to provide for the audition?
    Most applicants choose a free-choice application, and submit several varied solos or ensembles from 10-15 minutes of material. Any instrument goes, although try and show some diversification of your skills or a unique percussive talent. Alternatively, for the duo/trio applicants, you are welcome to select some excerpts from our audition pack. These are provided with accompanying backing tracks and video tutorials to help you prepare. 

  • How long will the 2024 Academy last?
    The tour dates are currently Monday 1st July 2024 to Sunday 14th July 2024. There are some preparation sessions on Wednesdays and Saturdays (May through June), so do check the schedule for further details.  Due to the nature of this WPG Academy, you will be required to prepare and record some materials before the actual tour starts. These can be done in April/early May after audition results.

  • Are there any benefits to those unsuccessful in the application process?
    Absolutely! We are keen to make this a valuable experience for all applicants and will record all WPG artist classes and performances. All applicants will have access to these videos. In addition all applicants will receive feedback given by the Artistic Director. You can also access all media collected from WPG 2016, 2017 and 2019! (four tours worth and an estimated 45 hours footage in HD!) You also will have access to most of the V-Tour clinics from 2021 and 2023.
  • Can I partake in WPG 2024 Academy alongside my current studies?
    The WPG Academy's virtual nature makes it a much easier program to partake in while participating in a course. While WPG can be a large time commitment, it is definitely possible to partake in both. We advise a minimum 80% attendance to WPG 2024 if possible to get the most out of the program.
  • What platform will we use for the WPG Academy?
    All activities will be through Restream, a web-baesed platform. Certain events, clinics and performances will either be live-streamed or pre-recorded and broadcast across our social platforms such as Facebook and Youtube.
  • Does joining the WPG Academy prevent me from applying for future WPG In-Person Tours?
    No- there are no restrictions on how many times an applicant can participate in a WPG Program or Tour!