Principal Percussionist with the London Symphony Orchestra and Head of Timpani and Percussion at the Royal Academy of Music
Sword Of Whispers, Joe Locke (vibes), Neil Percy (marimba) — 13 June 2013 at the Royal Academy Of Music, opening 'An Evening with Joe Locke' concert - a collaboration of the RAM departments for Jazz and Timpany & Percussion.
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Classical/Jazz crossover project feat. Geoffrey Keezer, Tim Garland, Neil Percy, Joe Locke, Carl Herring, Patrick Bettison – recorded live at St Luke’s, London 2010.
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Recorded in October 2010: Neil Percy’s LSO percussion Masterclass for the YouTube Orchestra
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feat. Geoffrey Keezer, Tim Garland, Neil Percy, Joe Locke, Carl Herring, Patrick Bettison – recorded live at St Luke’s, London
Saxophone hero, composer, arranger and ensemble director Tim Garland co-directs an all-star band with LSO Principal Percussionist Neil Percy.
November 17, 2010
St. Luke’s London
Neil plays a hybrid collection of percussion instruments specially selected and written for by Tim Garland for this project, exploring percussion instrumentation from all worlds.
Featuring Joe Locke (USA), one of the most talked about mallet players in jazz, Geoffrey Keezer (USA) who first made a name for himself with Art Blakey, Carl-Simon Herring and Patrick Bettison (UK).
In June Neil is to receive his Honorary Membership of the Royal Academy of Music (HonRAM) at this year’s Graduation Day. A stunned but delighted Neil says, “I’m completely shocked and very proud to have been given such a prestigious award. I’d like to think that this is in recognition of the fantastic work that has been done by all of the professors and students during my time as Head of Timpani and Percussion. Without their amazing efforts, the Department would not be where it is today.”
[...] Percussion has quite literally exploded in recent years to become a multi-faceted world with many different instruments requiring many different techniques. That’s the ‘buzz’ for any versatile Percussionist.
“I guarantee that every day in this job, somebody will blow you away with his or her talent. That’s something I try never to take for granted and feel privileged to be part of.” (Neil Percy)