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Story added 15th Jun 2018


We are delighted to announce that City Lit’s Percussion Orchestra together with the Royal Academy of Music’s Open Academy will be performing at the Royal Academy of Music on Friday 29 June. 

This will be the first time the Percussion Orchestra performs at the Royal Academy of Music in Marylebone. This concert is taking place on Friday 29 June 2018 at 19:30. 

Julian West, Head of Open Academy at the Royal Academy of Music, said: ‘Our partnership with City Lit’s Percussion Orchestra project provides a fantastic opportunity for students to experience working creatively and collaboratively in ways that enable each person to grow and develop. I am always inspired by the originality and authenticity of the Percussion Orchestra’s performances.’ 

The Royal Academy of Music
Marylebone Road, NW1 5HT, London
Friday 29 June 2018
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The Percussion Orchestra started in 2015 and is a music project for adults with learning disabilities at City Lit that aims to create and perform original compositions to public performance standard. The project is a collaboration with the Royal Academy of Music’s Open Academy programme which provides opportunities for their students to engage with communities and projects outside of the usual concert platform. Both groups of students work on each project for three terms and have performed their pieces ‘Come with Us’ and ‘Lifecycles’ in the John Lyon’s theatre at City Lit. The project harnesses the unique abilities of City Lit students with the world class instrumental and vocal skills of the Royal Academy of Music players.

This year’s Percussion Orchestra players:

City Lit musicians:
Andreas Petais - percussion and Voice     
Gevohn Greenaway - percussion
Kwaga Sillingi - xylophone             
Richie Alexander - voice and keyboard
Reza Eslamdoust - piano and voice       
James Heath - drums and voice
Peter Cumberbatch - piano and voice
Kojo Agyeman Badu - percussion
Floyd Quintyne - Melodica

The Royal Academy of Music players:
Sunshine Lo - volunteer assistant, harp
Joseph Donmall - cello                         
Lydia Caines - violin
Natasha Agarwal - voice                         
Felicity Smith - cello

City Lit student James Heath says: ‘my mum told me about the percussion orchestra. I love music, I’m a drummer and I write songs and sing too. I love being here because it gives me strength to learn.’ 

City Lit student Sunshine says: ‘this has been one the most memorable projects I've ever done. It's my first time working with adults with learning disabilities, and I have learnt so much out of this.’


> The Percussion Orchestra is also performing in the John Lyon's Theatre at City Lit on Tuesday 26 June 

> Browse all our courses for people with learning disabilities



Watch the Percussion Orchestra and Royal Academy of Music