Across the weekend of 19 and 20 October, the heart of musical life in Wiltshire will be transformed by the beat of different rhythms from all over the world.




Brazilian master percussionist Adriano Adewale will bring his artistic residency at Wiltshire Music Centre to a glorious culmination as he curates this exciting one-off festival celebrating the myriad different ways rhythm is explored by cultures across the globe. WMC opens its doors for a thunderous and exhilarating weekend exploring the amazing world of percussion, featuring inclusive music workshops and performances by world-renowned guest artists.

With music from across the globe, this two-day percussion extravaganza offers opportunities for music lovers of all ages and stages to delve into the diversity of ways that rhythms are understood and felt throughout the world, as well as the chance to quite literally get hands on with percussion! Across four high-energy and inclusive workshops, you can explore the music and dance traditions of the South and Central America, Africa and Europe, through experimenting with sound and movement using body percussion, balafons, drums and shakers. The workshops will be facilitated by leading percussionists (see full details on the workshop page) and the day will conclude with a short foot-stomping finale performance. On Sunday, emerging local percussionists will have a unique opportunity to learn from the very best in a Masterclass session with Adriano himself. Tickets are available for interested members of the public to watch the masterclass in action.


"Being an artist in residence at the Wiltshire Music Centre is a unique opportunity. The Centre creates a platform where arts practices are taken seriously both for artists and audiences, as well as combining community engagement activities. This framework allows for artists to create and explore new works of art, building on existing traditions and also experimenting with new ideas. I am truly excited about this artistic residence and hope to share these experiences with as many people as possible through this new festival, which has opportunities for everyone to engage."
- Adriano Adewale, Wiltshire Music Centre Nimmo Artist in Residence and Curator #Worldbeats Percussion Festival


Saturday evening offers a rare chance to see this true master in action as he combines with two other stellar musicians for a unique evening of unbridled creativity and Brazilian flair. As the culmination of his year as WMC’s Nimmo Artist in Residence, Brazilian master percussionist and composer Adriano Adewale presents an evening of magical soundscapes and world premiere performances inspired by this special one-off collaboration with leading saxophone and flute virtuoso Carlos Malta and Welsh jazz piano legend Huw Warren. This unique performance will include original compositions and feature sounds and rhythms from across the world. Be prepared for an exciting, intriguing and joyful evening of beautiful melodies, transcending harmonies and powerful beats.


“The #Worldbeats Percussion Festival is a new date in the WMC calendar and combines brilliant performances, energising and inclusive workshops, and a chance to experience the power of percussion in its myriad forms.  Adriano Adewale has created a stunning programme of events that should offer something for everyone so we hope you will join us for the first instalment of this exciting new project”
- James Slater, Artistic Director at Wiltshire Music Centre


The festival will conclude with a family show by O Duo on Sunday afternoon. Since Owen Gunnell and Toby Kearney formed O Duo in 2000, they have travelled all over the world delighting audiences young and old with their highly energising, interactive and entertaining performances. With a mixture of popular classics arranged for tuned percussion, vibrant drumming styles from across the globe, and accessible contemporary works all presented in a relaxed and informative way, the duo will delight and inspire you in equal measure.

Booking for the Percussion Festival is open now!