Benedict Hoffnung timpani

"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, whose driving force is propelling the orchestra to new heights."