Review of World Percussion Group Europe Tour 2017

World Percussion Group (WPG), the brainchild of Marimba One artists Tim Palmer and Jason Huxtable (Maraca2) is a group of percussion students who were selected from over 100 applicants to tour around Europe . The resulting 2017 tour group involved musicians from Taiwan, USA, UK, Hong Kong, Germany, Slovenia, Japan and Mexico.

World Percussion Group

The musicians met in Birmingham, UK for three days of intense rehearsal and then traveled across Europe via cruise ship. For two weeks the group sailed from city to city playing gigs and delivering presentations, clinics and masterclasses.

Cameron Leach and Lynn Vartan

In down time, percussionists explored the streets of foreign cities, relaxed and played games on board the P&O Britannia (even if the pool balls did sometimes roll across the table when the seas were choppy).

The tour included residencies at seven leading Conservatories around Europe including Leeds College of Music, Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, Birmingham Conservatoire, Sibelius Academy of Music, Estonian Academy of Music, Royal Academy of Music in Denmark and the Norwegian Academy of Music.

Lindsey Eastham, Cameron Leach, Gloria Yehilevsky, Gonzalo Mier Rodriguez

WPG will return in 2019 so stay tuned on for details on auditions!

WPG founders Tim Palmer and Jason Huxtable (Maraca2) are also Classic FM artists. They are thrilled to accept an invitation to perform a brand new Concerto written by Joseph Pereira. The duo will present 4 performances for this new work for Solo Timpani and Maraca2 alongside the Los Angeles Philharmonic under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel.