Josh Symes, Drum Tutor
Josh’s musical career began aged 14 when his band recorded their first album, a song from which was used by the BBC over the closing credits of the 2011 Boat Race. Josh is involved in an array of musical endeavours having now finished University, earning a First Class BA (Hons) Degree in Music.
Josh currently holds the Drum Chair for the East Sussex Concert Band and shares the Chair for Contra, a Bexhill based Big Band whilst regularly depping for other Big Bands in the East Sussex area. In September 2017 Josh recorded a percussion part with Richard Horne (Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, RPO) and returned to the same studio in July 2018 to assist sound engineer Mike Saunders in a recording session for Dave Cottrell (Drums for The Girls Musical: West End / UK Tour). Josh has played for various functions across southern England, accompanied several classical and gospel choirs and has played in the orchestra pit for numerous Sussex-based theatre productions, highlights include: Annie, Dolly Parton’s 9 - 5, Little Shop of Horrors, Oliver! and Carrie: The Musical.
Josh has taught in multiple musical settings, he writes; “I was humbled by the opportunity to have volunteered at Chailey Heritage School’s music department, assisting children and young people with complex disabilities. I’ve taught the ABRSM music theory syllabus to peers, delivered percussion workshops and have been a tutor with ‘Discover & Be’ for over a year. Such teaching experiences have furthered my appreciation of the importance personalised teaching approaches have.”
Josh also plays the piano and takes pleasure in composing, arranging and producing music. Gaining Grade 5 ABRSM Music Theory in 2016 has enabled Josh to utilise the knowledge from this syllabus into his songs. Josh uploads his compositions to SoundCloud where, to date, he’s received over 850 followers, 200,000 plays, 5,000 likes and 1,100 reposts.
Josh’s compositions have been used in projects around the world, most notably having a piece used by a student of the Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand. Josh has also written several percussive pieces, such as ‘Get In Line’ which was performed as part of his final recital at University. The basis of the solo revolved around a 2:3 Afro-cuban clave pattern played in 7:8 time, the performance of which assisted the acquisition of his final overall grade.
In June 2018 Josh sat with percussionist and drummer Dave Elliot in the orchestra pit for Disney's ‘Aladdin’ at the Prince Edward Theatre in London's West End. This was a pinnacle moment in his musical career and having sat with Dave prior to this, in 2016 for a performance of ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’, it has reaffirmed his future intentions of playing in the West End himself.
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