Neil Percy

Neil Percy - Percussion

Principal Percussionist of the London Symphony Orchestra


For almost 25 years, Neil has been a member of the London Symphony Orchestra and 15 years as Head of Timpani and Percussion at the Royal Academy of Music.


During this time, Neil has worked closely with many major artists and conductors and as a soloist with Sir Colin Davis, Pierre Boulez, Steve Reich, Karl Jenkins, Ravi Shankar, Michael Tilson Thomas, Kent Nagano and Elgar Howarth.


The EMI recording of Karl Jenkins Marimba Concerto and Triple Concerto for Percussion, Flutes and Keyboards was released to critical acclaim, as was the Grammy nominated Bartok Concerto for 2 Pianos and Percussion for Deutsche Grammophon with Pierre Boulez and the LSO.


In both live and studio situations, Neil has worked closely with many composers for over 150 film scores, notably John Williams, James Horner, Patrick Doyle, and Alexandre Desplat with their music for films such as Harry Potter, Star Wars, Braveheart, Twilight-New Moon and The Monuments Men.

He has also enjoyed working with many major pop and jazz artists including Herbie Hancock, Elvis Costello, Natalie Cole, Dave Brubeck, Joe Zawinul, Tony Bennett, Luther Vandross and Vince Mendoza. Neil collaborated with Tim Garland in the group ‘Momentum’, with John Patitucci, Joe Locke and Geoffrey Keezer. Momentum returned in Autumn 2010, culminating in a joint concerto for saxophones and percussion premiered by Neil, Tim and the LSO in 2011.


As a clinician and educator, Neil has given master classes at many leading conservatoires and percussion events in the UK, Asia, USA and Europe and coached many of the worlds' leading youth orchestras including the NYO and PMF. 'Reich for Percussion’, directed by Neil, was released by the Royal Academy in 2013.


‘All I can say to Neil Percy and all the musicians is BRAVO! It is a superb recording which I found technically and emotionally satisfying...a first-rate musical achievement’ – Steve Reich

He is currently the Zildjian 'Artist in Residence', an Artist for Yamaha drums and keyboards, Evans drumheads and Freer Percussion.


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