The World Percussion Group

Assembling the world’s elite

Artistic Director: Tim Palmer (Maraca2 Percussion Duo)
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WE ARE BACK... WPG 2023 V-Tour!

Following the stunning success of the WPG 2021 V-Tour, 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!

                  Apply and take advantage of our healthy scholarship program.

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 2021 V-Tour really highlighted possibilities moving forward.

Saturday July 1st 2023 - Friday July 14th 2023. There are some weekend preparation sessions starting Saturday April 15th 2023.

WPG 2023 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: Colin Currie, Michael Burritt, Ji Hye Jung, Christoph Sietzen, Kai Strobel, Dame Evelyn Glennie, Eriko Daimo, Joseph Pereira, Ivana Bilic, Theodor Milkov, Emmanuel Séjourné, Pius Cheung, Tim Palmer and Tomer Yariv.

You will have the opportunity to be involved in performance showcases (pre-recorded) and some sessions will be streamed on WPG's specially developed livestream interface through a variety of platforms with audience participation. All live events will be hosted via Restream. Some events will be livestreamed and produced through our specially developed platform. (example 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 really is no reason why you shouldn't apply!

You will also be given support in the months leading up to the two-week intensive with a regular Saturday (UK early evening time) performance class delivered by WPG Alumni: Ksenija Komljenovic, Anders Kann Elten, Cameron Leach, Joe Porter, Simon Klavzar, Heigo Rosin, Le-Yu, Hsin Hsuan Wu, Vanessa Porter, Alex Smith and Caleb Pickering. There are 11 x 2 hour sessions scheduled through April-July 2023 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 ‘Xenakis: Pléïades’. Join Contemporary Percussionist Garrett Mendelow for a 3 month journey into ‘Claviers’ and ‘Peaux’. Garrett will run three sessions and with a specially devised click track you will have the opportunity to record and immerse yourself deep within the music of Xenakis. We also have a series of presentations through our corporate partners to broaden your knowledge from tuning drums and selecting the right cymbal for you, to entrepeneurship and professional development, we have you covered! 

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

Requirements for WPG 2023 V-Tour:

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 V-Tour 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 2023 V-TOUR


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Application Process
for Soloists
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Closes November 15, 2022,
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Video (Free choice)
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Close December 01, 2022

Ensemble & Existing Small Chamber Groups (Individual, Duo, Trio, Quartet)

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for Ensemble Artists, Duos, Trios, Quartets
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Closes November 15, 2022
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Audition Pack
(Free choice or WPG official excerpts)
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Are you ready for the world stage?

The World Percussion Group is seeking soloists, duos, trios, quartets and ensemble players for their next 2023 V-TOUR

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