ADAM CRACKNELL - Drumkit and Percussion Tutor
Adam has always been driven to explore the enormous world of music, fascinated by the culture that surrounds it and sensitive to its incredible energy and nature. He started out as a jazz drummer in a quintet called “King’s Jazz”. Together they recorded two albums called “Feels so good” and “It takes five”. From here he joined a big band known as the “Shambles Big Band”. He still performs with both ensembles at various functions and events. Around this time Adam’s adventures in music led him to discover classical music. This took root when he began playing in the County Youth Orchestra of Hertfordshire under the conductor Peter Stark as well as many of the other County ensembles. During this period, he was mentored by ex-percussionist of the London Symphony Orchestra, Ray Northcott, and soon after Adam was freelancing with several of the local orchestras including the St Albans Symphony Orchestra, Watford Symphony Orchestra and Bedford Symphony Orchestra. As well as performing, he began teaching drum kit and percussion at the age of 16 and tutored for the English School’s Symphony Orchestra.
His longing to explore music further led him to the Royal College of Music where he studied Percussion for four years, and at the end received a first-class degree. He was taught by several of the top percussionists in their field including David Hockings, Ralph Salmins and Hugh Wilkinson, as well as external teachers such as West African percussionist Mohamed Gueye. At the RCM, Adam launched several of his own creative projects including a trio of drums, percussion and electronics with fellow musicians James Burton and Alex Temple-Heald. The group are currently preparing to record their first album of original music together.
Now, Adam follows in the footsteps of his teachers as a performer and also as an educator. He’s an incredibly energetic and enthusiastic teacher, providing one to one lessons on Drum Kit and a wide range of orchestral, tuned and world percussion instruments, as well as delivering fun and engaging percussion workshops in schools to classes of varying age groups and sizes.
Beyond music, Adam loves the outdoors and the countryside. He has canoed the Great Glen Canoe Trail across Scotland, completed the Yorkshire Three Peaks, and walked and camped along the Southern Upland Way and South Downs Way. He is also an active member of his church community in South London.