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About Michael Armitage

Classical percussionist and drummer. An experienced expert in all things percussion, Michael can play everything from Mozart to Metallica.
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Michael has been playing drum kit for 17 years and classical percussion for 10 years. Having achieved grade 8 on drum kit, and grade 8 on timpani and xylophone in his mid-teens, Michael began teaching drum kit to beginners alongside his A level studies. Before attending Leeds Conservatoire, Michael spent a year doing auditions, gigging professionally including becoming Musical Director for a youth theatre production. In this time Michael also taught a beginner student up to grade 8 on drum kit, in the space of a year and a half. Michael graduated from Leeds Conservatoire in 2021 with a 2:1 BA (Hons) in Music. On the back of this success, he went straight into his MA in Music at the Leeds Conservatoire. Michael is currently gigging professionally, as well as doing classroom teaching in secondary schools.

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Michael Armitage's Reviews

From Encore customers:

Peter S
10 months ago
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5 out of 5

See our review of his excellent performance

Reply from Michael Armitage
10 months ago

It was an absolute joy and honour to perform for you. I look forward to us working together again in the future!

From other customers:

Rowan Y
1 year ago, for a Recording session in Kirkstall
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5 out of 5

“Absolutely fantastic performance for my EP recording session on Glockenspiel. Really creative and professional musician!”

Henry B
2 years ago

"It was mesmeric, brilliant - a GREAT performer. He owns the stage the whole time"

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Michael Armitage's Song list

Able to adapt to what is required.
I have worked with DJ's and sax players on bongos and congas, in orchestras on timpani and a multitude of percussion, in bands as a drummer, pit work for musicals and acoustic settings with a smaller set up.
Give me the type of thing you are after or some sheet music and I will be able to play it.
I have also written and recorded music in varying genres from classical to pop.
An example of some of the music I've played just recently includes:
Stand by me - Oasis
Stuck in the middle with you
Crazy little thing called love
Mr brightside
Get lucky
Banana Pancakes
Sex on fire
I'm a believer
Ain't no sunshine
She's electric
It's beginning to look a lot like christmas
Let it snow
Hansel and Gretel overture - E. Humperdinck
Concertino for clarinet - C.M. Weber
Symphonie No.2 R. Schuman
Back & Forth - MK, Jonas Blue
Yeah Yeah - Bodyrox
Pain - PinkPantheress
Latch - Disclosure
My Feelings For You - Avicii
Pump It Up - Endor

Michael Armitage's Prices

Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£60
Up to 1 hour£150
Up to 2 hours£270
Up to 3 hours£370
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Customer questions

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

I am reasonably flexible to a certain extent and I am happy to move around you with enough warning.

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

Yes, I work with many DJ’s and I am also able to provide music through Spotify and other means myself

How much time do you need to set up?

Depending on the amount of gear and parking available, on average 20/30 minutes maximum.

Can I pick the pieces you play from the set list?

Depending on the type of gig, yes. I am able to improvise to most things at the drop of a hat.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes, depending on the type of gig, but I should be able to source anything with enough notice.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Yes, depending on the gig and what kinds of music is being asked for. I am an experienced improviser as well.
Contemporary classical, Classical, Musical theatre, Classical crossover, Opera, Film / TV music, Pop, Covers, Acoustic, Rock, Pop rock, Alternative rock, Rock 'n' Roll, Classic rock, Punk rock, World music
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Event types:
Concert, Wedding, Corporate event, Private event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Fluent improviser, Fluent sight-reader, Instrumental teaching
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