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Malcolm Ball – Music Examiner Aug/Sept 2015

Welcome to Malcolm Ball LRAM who is examining Music candidates in Australia for our Term 3 exams.

Malcolm BallMalcolm has over 30 years experience as a professional musician working in many areas of the industry including recording, composing/arranging and performing as percussionist, drummer and keyboard player in many diverse musical mediums from early to contemporary music. He began his music education by studying piano and later electronic music and composition at the Royal College of Music London where he became increasingly interested in percussion which led to special projects in Eastern music (Balinese gamelan, African, Indian and Japanese).

Having always had an interest in drum kit and percussion he developed an extensive background in classical, rock, jazz and musical theatre. He toured the West Indies and Mexico and his interest in jazz led to work with Graham Collier and Geoff Warren whose quartet toured the UK, Hungary and former Yugoslavia.

Malcolm began teaching at the Redbridge Music School in 1985 giving many lecture recitals in all aspects of percussion both oriental and occidental, which have included recital/demonstrations with Evelyn Glennie.

In 1986, he was appointed percussion examiner for the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London and is now Senior Examiner and Instrumental Adviser for Trinity College London. This work has taken him to many overseas centres including Ireland, Malaysia, Hong Kong, China, Japan, India and New Zealand. He has contributed to and compiled the new drum kit syllabus that includes collaborations with drummers Dave Weckl, Peter Erskine and Mark Schulman. In 1994 he took part in the western world premiere of Moscow- Cheryomushki a musical by Shostakovich in London.

Malcolm continues to work in many theatre productions and concerts with such names as Simon Callow, Kate O’Mara, and the Scarborough Spa Orchestra and in venues including London’s South Bank and Ronnie Scotts Club. He also works regularly for the London Borough of Redbridge Music Service as Head of Contemporary studies.

He is a specialist on the music of Olivier Messiaen and maintains the composers’ web site at www.oliviermessiaen.org. He is also one of only a few exponents in the UK of the Ondes Martenot, an early electronic keyboard instrument developed in France.

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