Chris Thorpe - drum teacher

Chris Thorpe

Drum lessons in London EC2Y 8AD, UK

£25 per hour
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I am an experienced, qualified session drummer based in London. I have extensive experience performing, recording and touring with various musical groups ranging from jazz, latin and funk to rock, indie and punk. You can view my online portfolio and video performances using the links on this page.

Levels taught: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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I do home visits (mobile tutor)

I can travel (up to): 30 minutes

I have a DBS Disclosure Certificate (What's this?)

DBS date: 2007

Experience and Qualifications

I studied drums at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, where I completed my Bachelor of Music Honours degree in Jazz Performance under the guidance of legendary drummer Barry Van Zyl (The Johnny Clegg Band). I also have a BA degree in English and History and a PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education).

For the past three and a half years I have been lecturing the drum courses at the Cape Town branch of the Campus of Performing Arts (, the South African franchise of The Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford, UK (

I am a co-founder of indie rock band Irvine, with whom I spent the last six years performing in South Africa and London. Recordings and video clips of my work with Irvine can be viewed at

Testimonials and References

“Thanks for all the effort you put in with us. In the time spent with you in class I learnt more than I had in the past 10 years.” - Trevor

“Thank you for your great impact on my life musically.” – Shaan

“I learned a lot from you and without you I would not have been able to read any music. Thanks for all the effort you put into us students, I appreciate it.” – Anrich

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