Peter Rayner

Band Member, Drummer, Composer, Other Musician

Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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Drumming ability


Composer ability


Favourite genres
  • Pop
  • Rock
  • Indie
  • Metal
  • Electronic
  • Hip-hop
  • Jazz
  • Classical
  • Country

"Exceptional music ability, great work ethic and always a friendly open personality."
Mel Bush (David Bowie, David Essex, Elton John, Led Zeppelin, Queen, Paul McCartney, Vanessa Mae)

Peter, based in London, is a freelance drummer and percussionist rapidly making a name for himself. From a very early age, he attracted much attention and was awarded the Jam Percussion prize winner at Junior Guildhall, was a percussion category finalist in BBC Young Musician of the Year 2012 and a finalist in Mike Dolbear's Young Drummer of the Year 2013. After this, he then went on to study percussion at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

As a drummer, Peter studied with Ralph Salmins (UK session drummer) and Matt Skelton (John Wilson Orchsetra). As well as having experience performing a variety of genres, Peter is renowned for his sight reading skills, ability to learn from ear, groove and consistency.

Peter is a versatile percussionist, trained with a wide knowledge of musical styles and instruments including orchestral percussion, tuned percussion and world percussion. He studied with David Corkhill (Philharmonia), Sam Walton (London Symphony Orchestra), Rob Farrer (The Divine Comedy), Julian Warburton, Richard Benjafield (Ensemble Bash), Kevin Hathaway (Philharmonia) and Alex 'Zands' Duggan (Royal Shakespeare Company) and Glynn Matthews. He is also a member of the Docklands Sinfonia, playing at prestigious venues including Buckingham Palace and at the House of Lords.

Peter tours with pianist Maksim Mrvica - the biggest selling crossover pianist in the world. As well as this, Peter enjoys playing all styles of music including classical, pop and world music. He is a member of the Happy Beigel Klezmer Orkester, performing traditional klezmer music with jazz inflections. Peter also enjoys to compose and record his own music in the family owned studio.

Other venues he has performed at include the Royal Albert Hall, at the BBC Proms, Mercedes-Benz Stadium - Shanghai, Great Hall of the People - Beijing, 606 Club, The Royal Opera House, Fairfield Hall, The Royal Festival Hall, The Barbican Main Hall, St John's Smiths Square, and the Jubilee flotilla for the Queens Diamond Jubilee.

Peter has on several occasions appeared on national TV and radio.

As a teacher, Peter currently is a member of staff with Portsmouth Grammar School, Surrey Arts and privately. This includes one to one lessons, group classes and as a tutor for orchestra's and ensembles.
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