The World Percussion Group

Assembling the world’s elite

Artistic Director: Tim Palmer (Maraca2 Percussion Duo)

Benefits of Joining WPG

What are the benefits of registering to audition for the World Percussion Group?

    Naturally, there are significant benefits to being successfully invited to join the World Percussion Group, we’ll get to these later. Firstly, we would like to highlight the benefits that all applicants will take advantage of. We want to make this a positive experience for everyone, not just the lucky 14....

    • All applicants will have full access to the entire clinic and concert material carried out on the 2021 European tour. This will also include all clinics from the past four WPG Tours. Almost 40 hours of HD footage!!
    • Once registered on the website, you will be able to access audition tutorial videos recorded by Maraca2. These are to help you prepare your WPG ensemble auditions and give valuable insight into what we are looking for from you.
    • All auditions will be watched and graded against a consistent and detailed set of performance criteria. A detailed feedback form will be completed by Artistic Director, Tim Palmer, a select Committee and will be sent to you once the audition date window closes. We are confident that this will provide unsuccessful applicants with vital information as to how to develop onwards into the future.
    • By registering on the WPG website you are supporting an innovative, ground breaking project. You are supporting the development of the next generation of international percussion stars and making it even more likely that this project will develop onwards, enabling future tours in other locations around the world in subsequent years.
    • All applicants will be the first to know of all WPG news and developments. You will be able to contact us with any questions or queries you may have or for any further advice.
    • Based on these benefits we are confident that, even if you are not successful in being offered a place in the WPG, you all will have a valuable experience in auditioning for the group.

    But what are the benefits if you successfully win a place within the group?

    • You will be provided with an invaluable experience, touring with a group of elite artists, all focussed on the common goal of producing the highest quality performance and educational experiences for audiences and students, around a variety of residencies at European University departments. You will be mixing with percussionists from all over the world, developing your awareness of the percussion community as a global entity.
    • You will build a critical list of contacts as part of the group; vital for the future development of your careers, whatever field you choose to progress within. Through a collective effort by members of the WPG, you will be associated with an ensemble which is recognised within the field as a beacon of excellence. The University residency details can be added to your records of achievement and show future contacts and employers your experience.
    • We recognise that many applicants may not be able to afford the expense subsidy fee. We do not wish to discourage anyone applying through budgetary restraints. We are therefore funding scholarships to the group. These will go to the WPG soloists and WPG ensemble principals or apportioned accordingly at the Artistic Director's discretion.
    • Before commencement of the tour, all members will experience an intensive training period in which Tim and the WPG 2021 mentors will rehearse the various pieces to be performed and coach members to develop the content and delivery of their clinics and workshops. WPG will be on hand to assist you in the next stage of your careers after the tour has concluded, using our extensive experience and contacts to help you continue your professional journey.
    • This experience is going to be a lot of fun! In addition to the educational and inspirational benefits, you will be able to travel to a range of totally new destinations, increasing your knowledge and appreciation of the world. Friendships and lasting bonds will be formed with a lot of stories to tell!

    See below what WPG 2017 members had to say about their experience touring around Europe on P&O's luxury Ship, Britannia.