As a session musician, Sara Leigh Shaw has toured internationally with grass-roots acts all the way through to award winning artists as well as playing on Top 10 albums and DIY records.
Currently she plays for Orla Gartland alongside her own band The Pearl Harts. Other recent work includes sessions for artists including Poppy Ajudha, July Jones and Emie Nathan.
Previously she has played live for Hans Zimmer as well as Johnny Marr, New Young Pony Club; Charli XCX and Ebony Bones. Sara has also appeared behind the kit on many TV shows including TFI Friday, ITV Awards and T4 on The Beach, X-Factor and played live on BBC Radio 6 and BBC Introducing.
Sara also drums, writes and produces in her own project The Pearl Harts who have toured extensively around the UK and Europe and are about to release their second album “Love, Chaos”.
Previously Sara has drummed for the radical and critically acclaimed all-female alternative choir Gaggle; who caused a storm with their moving and chaotic performances. At the same time Sara toured the UK and Europe with 10 other percussionists in the theatrical drumming show Noise Ensemble.
Sharlene Goodridge born and raised in a musical family and started to learn the drums from the age of two years old— following her father footsteps. At the age of 4 she would accompany her mother at various of gospel events.
She then moved onto learning the piano at the age of 12 and picked up the bass, self-taught at the age of 15. She attended the Brit performing arts school which included playing various concerts for Jessie J, Katy B and Adele who were all former students, as well. Her musical abilities have allowed her to travel around the world, working with other great musicians, singers and often given the role of Musical Director of bands as well as programming productions.
Sharlene is the drummer for Cat Burns, who is currently preparing to go on tour as support for Ed Sheeran (North America) and Sam Smith (Europe).
Currently, Sharlene is also the drummer of a 9-piece tribute band, “New Purple Celebration”, who are a world class, live celebration of the life, legacy and music of Prince.
Mike’s a working drummer from Cambridge in the UK. He started playing drums at the age of 13, and has been gigging ever since all over the UK and Europe with a wide variety of Rock, Pop, Funk, Swing, Blues, Reggae and Ska bands.
Mike’s also a passionate drum tutor. His YouTube drum education channel has more than 9 million views and features drum covers, tutorials, one minute drum lessons and lots more.
Scottish musician Ian Cape has held the percussion chair at Les Miserablés (the world’s longest running musical) in London’s glittering West End since June 2011, following a record-breaking tour with the re-orchestrated 25th Anniversary production of the show.
Whilst studying at the Royal Academy of Music, Ian began a varied freelance career playing across a smorgasbord of genres and styles. Classical work includes the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia, BBC Concert Orchestra, Rambert Ballet, Aurora and the Hallé. Commercial work includes Queen guitarist Brian May, singers Alison Moyet and Lemar, the pits of the West End and of numerous touring productions, and shaking/hitting/scraping things for assorted films/adverts/video games/tv projects.
He has recently released a line of signature mallets, in collaboration with Acoustic Percussion, with the music theatre/contemporary/studio percussionist in mind.
Alessandro Lombardo is is a Berklee College of Music graduate. He has been very active in London’s Musical Theatre scene— playing on several major shows, including Bat Out of Hell, In The Heights, School of Rock, Fiddler on The Roof, Closer To Heaven (the Pet Shop Boys show), The Osmonds, A Clockmaker’s Daughter and more. He has also played with a variety of artists including Michael McDonald, Mo Pleasure, Aubrey Logan, Urban Voices Collective, Dani Sylvia, Mila Falls and many others.
Born in Manchester, England, Janette is a child of the 80’s with deep musical roots. She studied at Drumtech London (Master performance) and is most at home sitting on a groove in the pocket. Her style has been described as both classy and sensitive.
Janette ran her own teaching studio from Mid Wales for 6 years before moving to London to study and pursue a career in music. Janette played with a band, a UK-based Japanese Taiko drumming group and on the London Fringe. She has recorded at Abbey road studios, played stages at Glastonbury, WOMAD, Wembley and toured the Baltic and Japan.
Janette is currently one of the deps on Six The Musical in the West end and Six The Musical UK tour.
Lisa Martin is a professional drummer based in the UK, specialising in pop and musical theatre. Her credits include ABBA Voyage, Six (West End and UK tour), Nick Heyward and The Last Five Years (West End). Lisa has toured the UK with indie artists such as Deep Tan, Zuzu, and Jessica Winter, and has played a wide array of venues from arenas to major festivals like Latitude, Reading and Leeds.
Lisa studied at the Academy of Contemporary Music where she obtained a first-class degree in Drum Kit performance at the age of 19. She is now a drum lecturer at BIMM university.
During the pandemic, Lisa launched her solo project Aderyn, which has since been signed to Clwb Music and awarded the prestigious Triskel Award, part of the Welsh Music Prize, in 2022.
Amanda Dal’s playing style is identified by her solid groove, great tone and exceptional stage presence. With a love for performance and a wide taste in music she can quickly adapt to any musical situation and has worked with many artists across a broad range of genres.
Born in Stockholm, Sweden, Amanda set her eyes on a career in music at an early age and relocated to London, UK. She studied a BA in popular music performance and received formal training in many styles including funk, pop, blues and jazz. After graduating she was awarded a scholarship to complete an MA where she specialised in rock and metal under the tutelage of Dan Foord (Sikth, Krokodil). Since finishing her studies she has honed her musical skills and versatility touring the UK and Europe and is equally adept on stage as in the studio.
Live highlights include performing with Grammy Award winners Clean Bandit, touring with Ruf Record’s Blues Caravan, the hit musical Rock of Ages and Dom Coyote’s award-winning gig theatre Songs for the End of the World.
In 2019 she was selected as the winner of the Hit Like A Girl international drum contest and has since served as a judge several times. She is a band member of About Bunny and an occasional dep on the West End musical SIX.
Rebekah is a drummer and percussionist with extensive education in both fields. She has performed alongside a wide range of contemporary pop bands, orchestras and musical theatre productions.
She is currently touring with The 1975 on their worldwide tour where she has performed in a number of tv appearances (Jimmy Fallon, Jooles Holland, BBC Live Lounge) and notable venues (Madison square garden, O2 arena, Hollywood Bowl)
Her professional musical credits include: The 1975 (worldwide); SIX (West End); The Burnt City, Punchdrunk (Woolwich works); Impact Dance (Wembley Park); Tune-D in Festival (Lea Anderson); BBC Proms (The Royal Albert Hall).
Alice Angliss studied music at St. Catherine’s College in Oxford before receiving her masters degree in Orchestral Percussion and Timpani from the Royal College of Music. She now pursues a career in theatre work, orchestral playing and teaching.
Alice freelances across the UK in concert halls, theatres and recording studios and is a member of the London-based percussion trio, Beaten Track. Her recent work has included TV and radio performances with:
• ‘Tina: The Tina Turner Musical’
• The BBC Singers
• UK and European tours of ‘Miss Saigon’ and ‘Bat Out Of Hell’
• UK and Ireland tours of ‘Love Actually in Concert’
• Recording sessions at Abbey Road Studios
She spent six weeks in Sicily as Principal Timpani for the Mediterranean Opera Festival and toured Denmark with a production of ‘The Nutcracker’. She is currently playing drums on ‘Six The Musical’ in the West End and covers the Keys/MD, Guitar and Bass chairs as well.
Alice has taught percussion at Tiffin Girls School and both on-on-one and classroom music for the Da Capo Music Foundation. She currently teaches percussion, drums and piano from her home studio.
Emma is a Drummer, Singer, Educator and Content Creator from the UK with a passion for giving the knowledge gained through 15 years of playing music to others and a talent for making the process of learning Drums as accessible and entertaining as possible. Since her start on Tiktok in 2021 she has gained over 150,000 followers with her bite-sized drum lessons and straight to the point explanations from the most simple to advanced concepts.
Since 2019 she has played in the independent Indie Rock band ‘Ilona Mahieu’ amongst various other acts in and around London.
Currently the UK Ambassador for Hit Like A Girl and originally from Mexico, Migdalia van der Hoven is an international award winning drummer based in the UK. She is a Berklee College of Music graduate (where she studied and performed with Jackie Santos, Terri Lynn Carrington, Victor Mendoza and Mark Walker).
Migdalia is known for her groove, sensitivity and versatility across multiple genres such as funk, jazz, latin, pop and Christian music. For one of her most recent projects, “The Migdalia van der Hoven Quartet”, she launched her new EP “Girl Facing South” with a series of dates in and around London (Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, Piano Smithfield, Toulouse Lautrec Jazz Club), including the EFG London Jazz Festival 2021 and 2022.
Her band’s latest album, “Point Of Departure”, was recorded at Abbey Road Studios and will be released later this year.
Migdalia has performed in the UK with Scott Stroman, Adam Glasser, Grifter Kid and The Midnight Raiders, Russell Brand and The All Souls Orchestra and as part of the Beantown Jazz Festival and on the BBC.
She is currently a member of the National Jazz Orchestra of Mexico which performs and supports young women through scholarships to continue their studies in jazz. Migdalia also offers masterclasses internationally.
Ciara Chinniah is a British Drummer and Educator from Essex in the UK. With a love of Odd Time signatures, Ciara has been described as a Pop/Rock drummer with a progressive edge.
Upon graduating from the ACM, Ciara played many theatre shows and performed in bands across the UK, Europe and America. She then went on to study intensively at LAMA in Los Angeles under Ralph Humphrey and Joe Porcaro. Upon returning to the UK, she studied with the great Jazz drummer Bob Armstrong.
Ciara currently has a busy schedule, teaching and recording from her home studio in Essex. She is the co-host of the Podcast ‘Drum Education Live’ and ‘Drummer Mamas’ a podcast opening up the conversation about juggling parenthood and a career in drums.
Ciara also plays for Electro Pop duo The Penelopes who regularly gig in Paris and London whilst she explores her love of odd meters with her band Red Monster and on her social media.