The World Percussion Group

Assembling the world’s elite

Artistic Director: Tim Palmer (Maraca2 Percussion Duo)


    • How many members of the World Percussion Group will be selected?
      Typically there will be 14-16 members of the WPG selected for the tour. This includes one soloist and one principal. 

    • I am from outside the USA and Europe. Does this mean I can still apply for WPG?
      YES! We only ask that you check if you are eligible to travel within the UK and European Union. All artists are responsible for researching their eligibility to travel to both the UK and Europe.

    • If I am selected for the WPG, when do I have to pay my course and tour fee and how much is it?
      All course fees are due in full by Friday 4th August 2024. Soloists, Principal and ensemble members will be able to apply for scholarships*. The 2024 course fee is £3500, which includes accommodation, travel and food for 3 weeks including the cruise. Artists are responbile for paying their airfare in addition to the above costs.

    • If I am on a scholarship, will I still be financially responsible for getting myself to and from the training camp?
      Yes. You will need to pay for your flights to and from the UK.

    • When will I be able to apply and download the audition pack to join the WPG?
      The audition materials are now available when you can log on to our website, apply online and fill in your details. You will then be able to download the audition materials (if you are applying as an ensemble member) and submit your final video.

    • How long will the 2024 Tour last?
      The tour dates are currently Monday 18th November 2024 to Sunday 8th December 2024. (3 Weeks).

    • Are there any benefits to those unsuccessful in the application process?
      Absolutely! We are keen to make this a valuable experience for all applicants and will record all clinics, solo recitals and the final concert. All applicants will have access to these HD videos on our website. In addition all applicants will receive a written report and feedback given by the Artistic Director, Tim Palmer. You can also access all media collected from WPG 2016, 2017 and 2019! (four tours worth and an estimated 50 hours footage in HD!).

    • Am I able to apply as both a soloist and ensemble player?
      Yes. It is possible to apply online for both positions. 

    • How many Scholarships will be offered?
      There will be a total of 2 scholarships offered by the WPG. 1 Principal and 1 Soloist. This is subject to the Artistic Director's decision and Scholarships can also be divided according to the dynamic of ensemble. The WPG's decision is final.

    • As a WPG ensemble member I may be expected to deliver a clinic. What is the target audience of these clinics?
      Yes, this is also correct. Your clinic proposal can be directed towards University level. The topic is totally free choice and open to the unique specialisms of the artists themselves. Topics can be general or percussion based. A clinic is not mandatory if artists wish to abstain this is fine.