James Hedgecock

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About James

Experienced percussionist, drummer and occasional keyboardist with an MA by Research in Music from the University of Huddersfield.

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This act has been working with Encore for over 7 years
Classical, Baroque, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Early music, Film / TV music, Medieval music, Musical theatre, Opera, Renaissance, Fanfare, Christmas, Contemporary Christian, Military, Traditional church music, Electronic, Jazz, Swing, Modern jazz, Latin jazz, Jazz fusion, Marching, Noise music, Experimental, Avant garde, Easy listening, Light music, Originals, Latin, Samba, Bossa nova, Pop, Funk, Bavarian oompah, Brazilian music, Calypso, Salsa, Electronica, Dubstep, 1920s era music, 1930s era music, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, 1960s era music, 1970s era music, 1980s era music, 1990s era music, Folk, Postmodern jukebox jazz, Blues, Acoustic, Disco, Soul, Covers, Reggae, Ska, Merengue, Ambient, Drum 'n' Bass, Breakbeat, Bluegrass, Gospel, Ambient pop, Funk rock, Vintage, Tribute, Hip Hop, Top 40, Motown, R&B, Afrobeat, Cuban music, Tango, Country, Folk rock, Ceilidh, Rock, Classic rock, Alternative rock, Britpop, Indie, Pop rock
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Event types:
Concert, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve, Virtual event
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Other skills:
Composer, Arranger, Fluent sight-reader, Perfect pitch, Fluent improviser, Instrumental teaching, Musicologist, Transcription, Drum technician, Producer
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James' Song list

I am a versatile drummer and orchestral percussionist with experience performing in orchestras, jazz ensembles, brass bands, pit bands for musicals (listed below), popular music groups and as a soloist.
I am able to arrange popular and classical works for tuned percussion (marimba, vibraphone, xylophone etc.) at the client's request for an additional fee.
Legally Blonde
Sister Act
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Calendar Girls
Sunset Boulevard
The Phantom of the Opera
The Sound of Music
The Wizard of Oz
_Percussion repertoire_
Tuned percussion:
William Tell Overture - Rossini arr. Bruce Fraser (for xylophone and brass band (or piano reduction))
Tokyo/Vermont Counterpoint - Steve Reich arr. Mika Yoshida
Suomineito - Nebojša Jovan Živković
Memento - Ivan Trevino
A cricket sang and set the sun - Blake Tyson
Snare drum:
Stop Speaking - Andy Akiho
March-Cadenza - Gert Mortensen
Hugh's Chilled Red - Alan Emslie
Struttin' - Jay Wanamaker
Drum kit:
The Kinetics of Resonance - Alex Harker
Variations on 'Crazy Army' - Steve Gadd
Off&On - Charlotte Harding
Multiple percussion:
Dark Ground - Tansy Davies
Garage drummer - James Campbell
The Love of L'Histoire - Charles DeLancey
Broken Approach - Cat Hope
Composed Improvisation for One-Sided Drums With or Without Jangles - John Cage

James' Reviews

From customers:

4 years ago

I loved the band set on the stage and having to work as hard as the performers – the drummer deserved a medal, not a drum beat wrong!

Jonathan P
1 year ago

It’s great having you in the pit! Always reliable and good fun plus an excellent player no matter what I end up throwing at you to play. Looking forward to many more!