News, snippets and gig updates from Simone!

Newsletter Summer 2011

I hope that everyone has enjoyed a great summer and a particular hello to all the young musicians who participated in the various National Youth summer courses including orchestras, wind orchestras and brass bands. It was a real privilege for me to be guest tutor and soloist with the National Youth Brass Band of Switzerland this summer and I thoroughly enjoyed working with the staff and students at their beautiful lakeside base near Thun.

I am looking forward to welcoming both new and returning students to the percussion department at the RNCM as I go into my second year as Director of Percussion. We have many exciting guest artists visiting us this year including Nebojsa Zivkovic in September and we have a full programme of events and concerts planned throughout the year. Watch this space for the final line up for the next Day of Percussion which will be on Sunday 12th February 2012 - put the date in your diary now!

I am also looking forward to working with my cousin Jason at 2 special concerts in September - our programme 'Keeping it in the Family' features a variety of pieces for percussion and piano covering a number of styles from contemporary crossover to jazz. Dates/details on my Calendar Page.

I hope to see you at an event soon!

Simone R