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 selected artists....

    • All applicants will have full access to the entire WPG Artist clinics and concerts carried out on the 2021 V-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 audition should you decide to use an excerpt from our pack. The tutorials provide 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 feedback commentary produced by Artistic Director Tim Palmer, will give you an insight into the selection process and the justification of the result. 
    • 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, allowing you to network, develop your teaching and performance skills alongside a host of award-winning coaches. The selected artists will all focus on the common goal of producing the highest quality performance and educational experiences for audiences and students around a variety of events on our V-Tour platform. 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 that is recognised within the field as a beacon of excellence. The V-Tour 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. Recent conditions have been a massive challenge for many artists and we understand this. Therefore, WPG V-Tour 2021 will be fully funded...ZERO FEES!
    • During the V-Tour, all members will experience an intensive training period in which Tim and the WPG 2021 coaches will rehearse 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 career after the tour has concluded, using our extensive experience and contacts to help you continue your professional journey.
    • You will be given expert tuition by Maraca2's Jason Huxtable in the lead up to the V-Tour. He will assist you should you choose to deliver a clinic on our livestream platform. A perfect opportunity to create an award winning clinic.
    • You will have the chance to showcase your existing talents and there will be multiple opportunities to broadcast your pre-recorded footage on our platform. In addition, you will engage in our first virtual commission written by Alejandro Coello. The piece will be written for percussion ensemble to be recorded virtually and includes visuals. Alejandro will work with you on the preparation of the recording, providing rehearsal tracks and guidance every step of the way.
    • A member of WPG will also have the opportunity to record the World premiere of the 2020 WPG commission written by Brian Blume for percussion solo and electronics.
    • Chase Banks (WPG 2019 Artist) will provide you with a presentation before we embark on our V-Tour journey to ensure you are equipped technically to deal with the rigours of online learning and presenting.
    • You will have the opportunity to be involved in multiple themed nights such as; Arts Management discussions / Equality in Percussion Panel Discussion / University Challenge Quiz / Alumni Night / Repertoire Panel Discussion / Whiskey and wine tasting with Cameron Leach. 

    2021 V-Tour Benefits:
    Present your existing solo/ensemble work. 
    Receive guidance from Chase Banks (WPG 2019 Artist) on how best you can optimise your studio/practice room for zoom. 
    Develop your clinic concepts and present them in a real life setting to a large-scale audience.
    Engage in masterclasses from the world's most experienced players. 
    Join a virtual performance of a brand new commission written by Alejandro Coello.
    Premiere solo percussion commission by Brian Blume.
    Network with the next generation of artists sharing a common goal within the percussion community.
    Event nights - Quiz, equality in percussion forum, whiskey and wine tasting, cook-alongs and much more.... 


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