Billy Cunningham

Drums teacher

Based in
Sevenoaks, Kent, United Kingdom
Also teaches in Sevenoaks.
Billy Cunningham | Drums teacher

Rates: £30/hour - 30 min lessons available as well as 1 hour.

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Hi I’m Billy a professional drummer/percussionist/teacher from Sevenoaks, Kent. I am comfortable playing many musical styles from jazz, soul, funk, latin to rock/pop, classical themes, theatre and show music. I can sight read charts and am click friendly. I teach in a few Kent based schools and also do private home lessons. I’ve studied with some of UK’s finest musicians and teachers including Pete Riley (REPUBLICA, KEITH EMERSON, ROGER WALTERS, Academy of Contemporary Music), Colin Woolway (Derek Nash, Antone Browne, Drumsense, Rhythm magazine), Tristan Mailliot (ART FARMER, STAN TRACY, Anita Wardell, JIM MULLEN, Trinity College of Music), Matt Skelton (SCOTT HAMILTON, BRAD MEHLDAU, STACY KENT, BBC CONCERT ORCHESTRA) and Michael Skinner (LONDON PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA, ROYAL OPERA HOUSE ORCHESTRA, GUILDHALL SCHOOL OF MUSIC, ROYAL COLLEGE OF MUSIC).
I’ve worked with many great musicians and bands including IT HUGS BACK (4AD Records) (who I recently performed with at Bestival Isle of Wight alongside LILY ALLEN, LITTLE BOOTS and KRAFTWERK), Howard Riley (LONDON JAZZ COMPOSERS ORCHESTRA, ART THEMEN QUARTET, Elton Dean) AMY WINEHOUSE, YAM WHO? (Here and Now Records, CHAZ JANKEL), Opustrees, Matthias Garrick, Gabriel Garrick, Zem Audu, and played in jazz workshops alongside MICHAEL GARRICK, Howard Riley, Steve Waterman, JOHN ETHERIDGE, Martin Hathaway, ANITA WARDELL and Robin Aspland. I’ve performed throughout Europe, been featured on national radio including BBC KENT and XFM, and have been teaching drums for the last 5 years.
In the last 3 years I have been playing in a function band called SOUL AVENUE who have performed all over the UK in pubs, bars, wedding venues and holiday parks. This band specialises in the soul/funk/disco classics such as STEVIE WONDER’S ‘Superstition’, ‘We are family’ by SISTER SLEDGE, AL GREEN’s ‘Take me to the river’ and CHAKA KHAN’s ‘Ain’t Nobody’.
In the last year I have been playing in the BEN BEDDOES BIG BAND based in Dartford, Kent. This band celebrates the big band jazz of BUDDY RICH and COUNT BASIE.
I have also been playing orchestral percussion in the EYNSFORD CONCERT BAND who play a mixture of classical pieces and arrangements of music from the West End shows including WICKED, WEST SIDE STORY, LES MISERABLES, LION KING, and JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR.The band perform regularly in theatres, concert halls, musical contests and festivals, both in the UK and abroad.
I have worked with Kent-based dramatic groups the SEVENOAKS ENTERTAINERS and the STAG THEATRE COMPANY alongside Music Directors Alistair Cameron and Isi Platt and have to-date played the shows SLEEPING BEAUTY, CINDERELLA, INTO THE WOODS and GODSPELL.
I also play freelance jazz gigs with various London based musicians

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