Benedict Hoffnung: the “world of tonal nuances” of timpani and the AAM

Benedict Hoffnung, the AAM's principal Timpanist

Benedict Hoffnung, the AAM's principal timpanist

“I have always been fascinated by drums and drumming ever since, at the age of three, my father presented me with an ancient bass drum, rescued from the back of a skip outside Boosey’s in Regent Street. A kettledrum has magical properties and the tonal nuances of newly mounted calfskin on hand beaten copper allow me to underpin the entire orchestra with a depth of sonority in a most satisfying way. I feel honoured to be associated with the AAM, especially now with Richard Egarr, whose driving force is propelling the orchestra to new heights.”

Benedict has been playing timpani with the AAM for over 20 years. See him perform Handel’s Messiah with the AAM at the Barbican on Wednesday 14th December. For more information click here.

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