Gravity Percussion formed in the summer of 2012 and consist of two percussion graduates from the Royal Northern College of Music (Manchester) – Peter Mitchell and Anthony Mann. The duo is experienced in giving workshops, recitals and concerts across the United Kingdom.
Gravity Percussion receives regular support and advice from world-renowned percussion soloist and recitalist Simone Rebello who has helped craft their entertaining programme of works. In addition to this the duo have been working closely with the RNCM Professional External Engagements department and have been reaping the benefits of their assistance.
As a duo we aim to be as entertaining and as flexible as possible. We believe that the art form of percussion can be as exciting as it can be expressive.
Peter, 23, comes from the Isle of Man; he graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music in 2015 with a First Class Honours degree in Music Performance (Percussion, Drum kit and Timpani). Coming from a musical family, Peter was always going to have a keen interest in music; he was first introduced to percussion at the young age of 5.
The Isle of Man has a thriving music scene which includes, Orchestras, Brass Bands, Folk Music, Popular music, Musical Theatre and Chamber music. Peter was determined to get the most out of his surroundings, musically and was extensively involved with everything the Island had to offer throughout his youth. He competed in the Manx Music Festival and the Young Musician of Mann where he gained success and acclaim as an aspiring young musician. He would like to thank the Isle of Man Arts Council, Isle of Man Music Service and the Douglas Town Band for all of their support as he grew up.
Since moving to England, Peter has played extensively throughout the Northwest of England and is more recently branching out across the UK. During his studies he played with the RNCM Symphony Orchestra, Wind Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Recording Orchestra, Big Band, Brass Ensemble and featured in various different Percussion Ensembles. Alongside this, he has also played with Piccadilly Symphony Orchestra, Bolton Symphony Orchestra, Black Dyke Band, the Fodens Brass Band and he is also a member of the Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra. Through these mediums he has had the privilege of playing in the Bridgewater Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall, The Sage Newcastle, St John Smiths Square and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Hall. He also plays percussion for the Manchester based Afro- Beat band- AGBEKO and has more recently played on the UK tour of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang when it came to the Lowry(Salford) for 6 weeks.
While studying, he was under the tutor-ledge of Simone Rebello, Ian Wright, Paul Patrick, Liz Gilliver, Damien Harron and Dave Hassel. As an educator; he has worked extensively to inspire children to take up percussion; most notably in the Isle of Man, when Gravity Percussion toured the schools of the Island. He has also been working with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society on their exciting education programme- In Harmony. In addition to this he teaches percussion and drum kit in a variety of schools in and around the greater Manchester area.
Peter also enjoys playing the trumpet; he frequently goes skiing to Austria, he is learning to speak German and in his spare time he plays tennis with his family and friends.
Anthony was born in 1993 and lives in Astley, Greater Manchester. His interest in music was obvious from an earlyage when he began piano and tenor horn lessons. Aged 9 Anthony began to have drum lessons with Hugh Lawrence, quickly progressing through the grades, achieving his Grade 8 Drum Kit at a very early age. He was an active member of the music department at his school, Canon Slade, where as well as playing drum kit, he developed his skills as a percussionist, euphonium player, conductor and musical director, eventually resulting in him receiving the award for outstanding contribution to practical music. As well as attending the Canon Slade Sixth Form, Anthony began his studies at the Junior Royal Northern College of Music becoming a regular featured soloist on both Euphonium and Drum Kit. He also importantly began to show promise as an orchestral percussionist, which he studied with Ian Forgrieve. He has also played in the pit orchestra for countless musicals, operas and shows throughout the North West as both Drummer and Percussionist.
After completing his studies at Canon Slade and the Junior Royal Northern College of Music, Anthony spent five months at the Birmingham Conservatoire studying Jazz Drum Kit with Andrew Bain before beginning his studies at the Royal Northern College of Music as a principle Study Percussionist under Simone Rebello, Liz Gilliver, Paul Patrick, Ian Wright and Dave Hassell. Anthony regularly performs with various ensembles within the college including Big Band, Jazz Collective, Brass Band, Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra and Percussion Quartet. Outside of college he is also an experienced teacher often taking percussion workshops and sectionals, as well as being Drum and Percussion tutor at Whalley Rand Academy, Reddish Vale Technology College and regularly working for the Love Music Trust as a Percussion specialst. He is also a proud member of the number 1 ranked Brass Band in the country, the Foden’s Band where he has been an integral part of the percussion section since 2010. In 2012 he formed Gravity Percussion Duo with Peter Mitchell, whom over the past year have given recitals, concerts and workshops in and around Manchester. Anthony is in demand as a Drummer, Percussionist, Musical Director and Educator all over the North West and is busy balancing his current studies at the RNCM with a busy performing and teaching schedule.