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LES Percussion takes Centre Stage

LES Music School has secured an innovative partnership agreement with percussion suppliers, Centre Stage.

Centre Stage Percussion designs and manufactures its own brand of percussion instruments for percussionists of all standards, providing professional quality and craftsmanship at prices significantly below those of other major brands. It supplies instruments, sticks and mallets to many of the country’s leading ensembles and conservatoires, and is delighted to be supporting the ever-growing percussion department at the LES Music School. In time, it is hoped that all percussion pupils will use Centre Stage equipment to learn, practise and perform with, and that the instruments in use at the school will be continually upgraded.

“The LES Music School is the first school that Centre Stage Percussion has chosen to work with,” confirmed Managing Director, Martin Gernon. “The school is one of the most progressive we have seen, the standard of tuition and dedication of the students is remarkable, and we are extremely happy to have developed an ongoing relationship with them”.

Commenting on the reasons LES have gone into partnership with Centre Stage, Head of Wind, Brass and Percussion, Aidan Geary states: “What impressed us about Centre Stage was not only the standard and quality of the instruments, sticks and mallets, but also the unbridled enthusiasm that Martin and his team put into the company. Nothing is too much trouble, and their passion is echoed through the full range of instruments. The company is one of the most progressive percussion companies we have come across, and we are certain they will develop to be a major contributor in this marketplace. We are looking forward to working more and more with them.”

With six percussion ensembles, seven bands, six orchestras and nearly 100 percussion students, the LES Music School is one of the most dynamic and forward-thinking music schools in the country. The Wind, Brass and Percussion faculty, headed by Aidan Geary, himself a noted former percussionist with YBS and Brighouse Bands, provides students with a modern, spacious and inspirational teaching environment and has already forged great links with local conservatoires, universities and bands.

The LES Music School is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year and has grown tremendously since the LES schools merged their music departments into one building in 2006. Aidan comments, “We now have three percussion teachers using bespoke teaching and rehearsal rooms. It is our policy to teach all aspects of percussion from the outset, and all pupils are encouraged to join ensembles from day one. The fact that pupils are able to stay within the same musical environment throughout their school career enables us to offer real continuity of teaching, which produces excellent standards and results.”

This partnership adds to LES Music School’s ‘All Steinway’ school status which was awarded earlier in September.