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4th Mark Jon Bolderson Percussion Scholarship open to applications!

We are very pleased to launch our 4th annual Mark Jon Bolderson Percussion Scholarship application process. Applications can now be submitted via the below link and successful candidates will be invited to audition on Sunday 4th July 2021 at the Masonic Hall in Hexham. ...

By Amanda Bolderson

World Drumming Legend Steve Gadd is live online for us next Sunday!

We are so excited to announce that on Sunday 21st March at 3pm, Drumming Legend Steve Gadd is doing a Question and Answer session live on Zoom, just for us. Steve Gadd is the most sought after session drummer in the world and he is very kindly donating a hour of his time for your question...

By Amanda Bolderson

Andrew Lisle session to be repeated due to popular demand!

Andrew Lisle's session on Developing a Personalised Inprovising Language, was so well recieved on Day 1 of our Drum Festival Mk2, is has been called for to be repeated. We are very pleased to be able to repeat this session, with Andrew's permission, this Saturday at 1330 on our YouTube Channel...

By Amanda Bolderson

Dom Famularo live from New York, pops in to Drum Festival MK2

Tonight at 2000 Dom Famularo is popping in to Drum Festival Mk2. We have asked Drum Educator George Hutton to interview and put your questions to Dom. Join us tonight on Zoom!! Join Zoom Meeting https://u...

By Amanda Bolderson

Drum Festival Mk2 is under way!

This morning we launched Drum Festival Mk2 on our YouTube channel. After some kind words from our Trustees, our friends at the Royal Shakesphere Company and Scholarship prize winners, we commenced with our Beginners sessions led by George Hutton of Core Music Hexham. Later today we have the amazi...

By Amanda Bolderson

Drum Festival Mk2

We are thrilled at how our line up is progressing for our 2nd Drum Festival this February half term. We will be running a beginners course with a session a day from Golden Hands George Hutton, an intermediate course with Master Drum Educator Geoff Hutchinson and then feature Michael Spearman from...

By Amanda Bolderson

Drum Festival - Mark 2!

We have again been awarded funding from Northumberland County Council Winter Fund, to hold another Drum Festival! As this will have to be an online event, we are busy programming a week of events for February half term 2021. Watch this space for some very exciting news on the events! ...

By Amanda Bolderson

Catherine Cookson Trust Donation

We have very fortunately been the recipients of a £400 grant from the Catherine Cookson Trust to help with the purchase of a drum shield. So once we can be up and running again with workshops, we can have our tutors and their kits behind a perspects screen to observe covid 19 guidlines....

By Amanda Bolderson

Hat-trick for Dominic!

It is with great acclaim that we can announce our 2020 Scholarship Prize winner as Dominic Neeson! This is 3 in a row for Dominic as his drumming is amazing and his progress fantastic. Dom has now started at Leeds College of Music and we wish him every sucess for a very bright future indeed!...

By Amanda Bolderson

Andy Bratt to judge our scholarship auditions.

With over 20 years experience in the music industry Andy is experienced in Artificial Intelligence as a musicologist bridging the gap between new technology and traditional Music Theory. He is now Head of UK Music Strategy for Thriller, a US entertainment platform built for creators as a social v...

By Amanda Bolderson

2020 Scholarship Now Open

We are now taking applications for our 2020 Mark Jon Bolderson Percussion Scholarship. Forms are to be submitted by 30th June 2020 and the link to the form is now available. ...

By Amanda Bolderson

RSC Jim Jones confirmed as Scholarship Judge 2019

We are thrilled that this years Scholarship Judging panel will include the Royal Shakesphere's Company Percussionist Jim Jones. Jim has been with the RSC since 1979. Jim tutored at the Birmingham Conservatoire in the 1990's where Mark became one of his pupils and they remained friends. We are so ...

By Amanda Bolderson

2019 Scolarship Auditions Date

We have set the date for our 2nd Annual Scholarship auditions. This year we will hold the auditions on Sunday 7th July at Queen's Hall in Hexham from 11am onwards. Applications are now open by following this link...

By Amanda Bolderson

RSC Kevin Waterman confirmed as 2018 Scholarship Judge

Royal Shakespeare Company percussionist Kevin Waterman has agreed to be on our scholarship audition panel. Kevin, a former Birmingham Conservatoire graduate and great friend of Mark, is very pleased to be one of our judges....

By Amanda Bolderson

Foundation set up in memory of Hexham musician

A FOUNDATION offering financial support to young percussion students across the North-East has been launched in memory of a talented musician and composer from Hexham. Family and friends of Mark Bolderson have been left devastated by the sudden death of the 45-year-old, who died on August...

By Hexham Courant