Established in (En)gland, one half from (Am)erica, and one half from (Ta)iwan: internationally acclaimed percussion duo Enamta (Yu-Tzu Kung and Gloria Yehilevsky) present a confluence of traditions combining Eastern and Western repertoire. Performances showcase a range of influences: combining works written for the duo, contemporary explorations, arrangements developed collaboratively and percussion duo classics. Enamta has performed extensively since 2017 in venues such as the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, CBSO Centre, St Martin in the Bull Ring, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Recital Hall, the LAB, Eastside Jazz Club, and Bradshaw Hall. Both hailing First-Class Honours degrees from Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Kung and Yehilevsky have worked with notable artists including Colin Currie, Steve Reich, Maraca2, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Percussion, Ju Percussion Group, Eric Sammut, Emmanuel Séjourné and Third Coast Percussion. The duo were finalists in the Italy PAS Web Competition, the Leamington Music Prize, and Orchestra of the Swan Concerto Competition.
“We are varied and so is our program… our biggest hope is that our audience enjoys the music we play as much as we do.”
World Percussion Group – www.worldpercussiongroup.com
“The mission of WPG is to inspire audiences and students, provide an international platform to the best percussionists of the next generation, offering an unbeatable opportunity for cultural sharing. The 2017 tour involved residencies at seven leading Conservatories around Europe including: Leeds College of Music, Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, Birmingham Conservatoire, Sibelius Academy of Music, Estonian Academy of Music, Royal Academy of Music in Denmark and the Norwegian Academy of Music. This years’ artists involved musicians from Taiwan, USA, UK, Hong Kong, Germany, Slovenia, Japan and Mexico.”
Millenial Percussion – RBC Percussion Department
Championing landmark works in the chamber percussion repertoire, this ensemble plays throughout the UK and EU. Collaborating with various departments from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and Birmingham City University, Millenial Percussion is a top class example of what a 21st century collective of musicians can achieve. Although primarily focused on performance outlets, the ensemble also participates in outreach throughout the UK, including recent visits to the Wells Cathedral School and Love Music Trust.
Santa Clara Vanguard – SCV
Being a member of the Jonz is an absolute honor and privilege. The Santa Clara Vanguard percussion section is nothing short of an extended family and being a part of the Rennicks’ legacy is an invaluable experience. Although the DCI setting is a distinct contrast to classical and contemporary art and music-making, the experience gained is extremely beneficial to any musician in the professional world.