Percussion

Principal Percussion

Graham Proctor

Graham is a First Class Honours percussion graduate from the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) where he received the Tim Reynish award for outstanding contribution to the RNCM. He previously attended the Junior Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (formerly RSAMD), winning the acclaimed Colin Currie Young Percussionist of The Year in 2010. Graham has been a member of Edinburgh Youth Orchestra and has performed alongside the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra at the BBC Proms as a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland, with which he has since been a guest mentor.

During his studies at the RNCM, Graham received tuition from Simone Rebello, Ian Wright, Paul Patrick, Birger Sulsbruck and Dave Hassell. He also co-founded the contemporary music partnership, ‘Equilibrium Duo’, performing throughout the UK, premiering brand new works for bass clarinet and percussion to great critical acclaim. He is also a member of the Manchester International Roots Orchestra (MIRO), a world-fusion band, a unique and musically diverse orchestra comprising musicians from Greater Manchester’s refugee and other diverse communities. MIRO have performed to 5 star reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in consecutive years and released their album, ‘Time For Change’, in 2015.

Graham made his Wigmore hall debut performing ‘Bhakti’ by Jonathan Harvey, an exploration of Sanskrit Hymns of Rig Veda for chamber ensemble and quadrophonic tape. He has also played for Piccadilly Symphony Orchestra and Jason Manford, Lesley Garrett, Manchester Camerata and Skipton Camerata. Graham was also the percussionist for the production of Stephen Sondheim’s ‘Into The Woods’ at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester in 2015-16.

Graham has also been part of the very successful Joe Duddell ensemble, performing at Festival No. 6, Somerset House, Barnaby Festival and Deaf Institute with artists such as Jake Evans, Mike Garry, Temples, Nadine Shah, Cathal Mo Chroí (Chas Smash, ‘Madness’), Tim Burgess, New Order and indie-folk band, Daughter. In 2014, the ensemble recorded a 5-track EP on the 4AD production label with Daughter at AIR Studios in London.

Graham’s education work has seen him co-leading projects with Manchester Camerata’s Youth Forum and primary school projects, teaching world percussion in primary schools with the Love Music Trust in Cheshire, and guest tutoring for Halton and Warrington Music Service and Staffordshire (Entrust) Music Service. Graham has also been the Artistic Director for the RNCM Day of Percussion and is currently the Musical Director of the Crewe Gang Show.

Graham has been the principal percussionist of the Fairey Band since 2012 and has recorded several CDs and had many contest successes and performances with the band at the Royal Albert Hall, Symphony Hall and Sage Gateshead.

Graham is a First Class Honours percussion graduate from the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) where he received the Tim Reynish award for outstanding contribution to the RNCM. He previously attended the Junior Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (formerly RSAMD), winning the acclaimed Colin Currie Young Percussionist of The Year in 2010. Graham has been a member of Edinburgh Youth Orchestra and has performed alongside the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra at the BBC Proms as a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland, with which he has since been a guest mentor.

During his studies at the RNCM, Graham received tuition from Simone Rebello, Ian Wright, Paul Patrick, Birger Sulsbruck and Dave Hassell. He also co-founded the contemporary music partnership, ‘Equilibrium Duo’, performing throughout the UK, premiering brand new works for bass clarinet and percussion to great critical acclaim. He is also a member of the Manchester International Roots Orchestra (MIRO), a world-fusion band, a unique and musically diverse orchestra comprising musicians from Greater Manchester’s refugee and other diverse communities. MIRO have performed to 5 star reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in consecutive years and released their album, ‘Time For Change’, in 2015.

Graham made his Wigmore hall debut performing ‘Bhakti’ by Jonathan Harvey, an exploration of Sanskrit Hymns of Rig Veda for chamber ensemble and quadrophonic tape. He has also played for Piccadilly Symphony Orchestra and Jason Manford, Lesley Garrett, Manchester Camerata and Skipton Camerata. Graham was also the percussionist for the production of Stephen Sondheim’s ‘Into The Woods’ at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester in 2015-16.

Graham has also been part of the very successful Joe Duddell ensemble, performing at Festival No. 6, Somerset House, Barnaby Festival and Deaf Institute with artists such as Jake Evans, Mike Garry, Temples, Nadine Shah, Cathal Mo Chroí (Chas Smash, ‘Madness’), Tim Burgess, New Order and indie-folk band, Daughter. In 2014, the ensemble recorded a 5-track EP on the 4AD production label with Daughter at AIR Studios in London.

Graham’s education work has seen him co-leading projects with Manchester Camerata’s Youth Forum and primary school projects, teaching world percussion in primary schools with the Love Music Trust in Cheshire, and guest tutoring for Halton and Warrington Music Service and Staffordshire (Entrust) Music Service. Graham has also been the Artistic Director for the RNCM Day of Percussion and is currently the Musical Director of the Crewe Gang Show.

Graham has been the principal percussionist of the Fairey Band since 2012 and has recorded several CDs and had many contest successes and performances with the band at the Royal Albert Hall, Symphony Hall and Sage Gateshead.

Percussion

Rick Blythe

Rick is 18 years old and lives in Saddleworth. He has been playing Classical Guitar since the age of 6 and Percussion since the age of 10. He has just left the Blue Coat School after completing his A levels. As Principal Percussionist of the Blue Coat Brass Band, in 2014, he performed as soloist at the Royal Albert Hall on the Xylophone.
Rick has been a member The National Guitar Ensemble of Great Britain, he has been Senior Percussionist and Mentor at the National Children’s Brass Band of Great Britain and is the current Principal Percussionist of The National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain.

He attended the Junior Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester for 3 years where he studied Co-Principal studies in Percussion and Classical Guitar.

He will soon continue his studies at Royal Northern College of Music in Percussion, as an undergraduate, where he has been awarded The Norman Stoller Scholarship for his four years of study.

Rick joined The Fairey Band in August 2015 from Marsden Silver Prize Band, where he was Senior Percussionist. He has enjoyed over 2 years of success with The Fairey Band.

Percussion

Brad McCulloch

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