Our staff train outstanding young players to the highest possible standards in preparation for music college and the demands of the music profession and beyond. Wells percussionists have reached the category finals of the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition.
Our unique percussion department (the largest in the UK) is headed by Jayne Obradovic alongside her dedicated teaching team of high profile musicians. They are joined by percussion consultants who regularly visit the department, including Sam Walton (Co Principal London Symphony Orchestra), Toby Kearney (CBSO), Adrian Spillet (Head of Percussion RBC) and Calum Hugan (Trinity Laban).
We have a superb array of equipment: two 5-octave marimbas (including a Marimba One), 4 x 4 1/3 marimbas, two vibraphones, four xylophones, four drum kits, eight timpani, and a huge selection of orchestral, Latin and World Music instruments. By having six marimbas, our percussion students can perform college level ensemble repertoire.
We aim to offer the most versatile training, with future employability in the music industry being the main focus of our course.
One of the many benefits and joys of receiving a musical education at Wells is the opportunity to take part in weekly orchestral and ensemble rehearsals. Our percussion department offers:
World music group: African drumming, samba, etc, open to every age and stage
Cathedral Percussion: Percussionists in Years 7-9
PH7 drumline: For pupils currently having percussion lessons
Collegium: For specialists
Ferio: For specialists
Pre-Prep Percussion: Years 1 and 2
Prep School percussion ensemble: For Prep School pupils who have percussion lessons
Jazz combos: For kit players and jazz vibe pupils
Frigus: Year 8, 9 and 10 Ensemble
Wells Cathedral School Symphony Orchestra
Arthur Lipner’s well-known and much-loved ensemble piece, Lime Juice, is a firm favourite of the percussionists at Wells Cathedral School. Here performing the piece is the Wells Senior Ensemble, Ferio.
30 Wells percussionists from Year 5 to the Upper Sixth, along with five percussion staff have created a joyous and uplifting collaborative rendition of Pharrell Williams’ much loved song Happy. Please click here for more information about this performance.
Jayne Obradovic, Co-ordinator of Percussion Studies
In recent years, our Upper Sixth percussionists were offered major scholarships to The Royal Academy of Music, The Royal College of Music, Guildhall School, The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and Birmingham Conservatoire.
Join us for an inspiring and fun week!
Our world-class tutors will nurture young musicians (aged 10-18) to develop their skills and confidence by exploring a range of exciting musical styles. This course isn’t suitable for complete beginners – you will need a basic ability to play your instrument and read music.
£995 Boarding £795 Day