Percussion Day

Join us on Sunday 19 April for an inspiring day of learning with two of the country’s leading percussionists: RNCM Director and Deputy Director of Percussion, Simone Rebello and Le Yu.

Designed for enthusiastic players of ABRSM Grade 6 or equivalent, participants will benefit from masterclasses and tuition, covering areas such as performance, technique and ensemble work. You’ll also receive advice on preparing for auditions and performances before taking part in an informal concert for family and friends.

Exceptional Learning Opportunities

This day is distinctive in relation to the quality of coaching provided by players and teachers who’ve reached the highest levels of performance and education in the music industry. It aims to develop in each musician the importance of a whole mind and body approach to communicating music through their instrument.

Students who would benefit from this course may be:

  • a student preparing for conservatoire entrance auditions
  • a music education student planning a career in a performance setting or postgraduate study
  • a music enthusiast wishing to enhance their musical experience by working with the RNCM as part of a professional development experience

Learn From and Work With Highly Experienced Musicians

You’ll be taught by staff from the RNCM School of Wind, Brass and Percussion:

Simone Rebello, percussion

Simone Rebello
Deputy Head of the School of Wind, Brass and Percussion and Director of Percussion
Simone graduated with Distinction from the RNCM to embark on a career as a solo percussionist that has seen her recording several CDs, touring and broadcasting extensively nationally and internationally and winning a collection of awards and prizes including Cosmopolitan Woman of the Year in the Performing Arts. Simone appears regularly as a guest performer with a number of ensembles including The Equivox Trio, Ex Cathedra, The Young Voices Band and in a duo with outstanding jazz pianist Jason Rebello. She has worked with artists including Beverley Knight, Alexandra Burke, Mika and Tony Hadley.

In 2010 Simone was appointed as RNCM Director of Percussion and in 2016 became the College’s Deputy Head of the School of Wind, Brass and Percussion. In addition to performing, Simone is an experienced adjudicator of percussion events, wind and brass contests and general music competitions and has judged for such prestigious events as BBC Young Musician of the Year, National Brass Band Championships for New Zealand, Holland, Australia, USA,  and Switzerland, and for National Wind Orchestras in UK, Singpaore and Norway. Simone is a solo artist and endorsee for Yamaha Music Europe, Mike Balter Mallets and Sabian Cymbals.

Le Yu
Deputy Director of Percussion

Le Yu has travelled the world as a soloist, chamber musician and teacher. He has collaborated with Keiko Abe, Dame Evelyn Glennie, Ian Wright, Simone Rebello, Eric Sammut and Michael Burritt. In 2016, Le was the soloist for the World Percussion Group and was made an Honorary Associate Artist of the RNCM. He is the adjudicator of the Chinese National Percussion Competition and the South Percussion International Competition.

Le’s accolades include the Gold Medal of China National Youth Percussion Competition in Shanghai, First Prize at the seventh Italy International Percussion Competition, the Best Percussion Award with Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band at the 2012 World Brass in Concert, the RNCM Concerto Competition on three occasions, and the Solo Percussion Competition twice. He also won First Prize at the 2013 Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe Scholarship Competition in London.

Le performs in concert halls worldwide, including Wigmore Hall, Sage Gateshead, KKL Luzern, The Bridgewater Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Purcell Room, St David’s Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Volkswagen Lounge, Xi’an Concert Hall, Shanghai Concert Hall and Yamaha Hall Tokyo. He has also performed on BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio Manchester, BBC Chinese, HZTV(China) and CCTV Music. Since 2010, Le has been an endorser and performing artist of Encore Mallets Inc. which made his signature mallets in 2015. He is also a Yamaha Artist and a Sabian Artist.

Programme: Sunday 19 April 2020

Time Activity
10 – 10.30am Registration
10.30 – 11.45am Masterclasses and tuition including performance, technique and ensemble classes
11.45 – 12pm Break
12 – 1pm Advice on preparing for auditions and performances
1 – 2pm Break
2 – 4pm Tuition including ensemble activities
4 – 5pm Informal concert for parents/friends to attend
5 – 5.45pm Optional: tour of the College

How Much Does it Cost?

The cost of this one-day event is £30, which includes all tuition.


Attendees should have achieved ABRSM Grade 6+ (or equivalent). Anyone under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

How do I Apply?

To book a place, please complete the form below or, for further information, please email

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