East Anglia's Leading Drum School

You have reached the website of Paul Francis, a professional drummer and the owner of Orchard Percussion Studio. We have been providing high quality drum tuition and clinics in Essex, United Kingdom, for over twenty years. Our clinics feature World renown drummers such as Jojo Mayer, Mark Schulman, Dave Weckl, Peter Erskine, Steve Smith and Thomas Lang.



Paul Francis is dedicated to passing on years of experience to help drummers to progress and complete beginners to make a start. Even if you have never sat at a drum kit before, it makes no difference, maybe it is a surprise for someone's birthday or just something they have always wanted to have a go at. We also cater for people with physical or mental difficulties.

Studio Information

Orchard Percussion Studio has been established for over twenty years with many students going on to successful careers within the music industry and teaching. Joining Paul at Orchard Percussion Studios are drum tutors Tom White and Cameron Morrell. The tutors have many years teaching experience between them and have worked with various artists and bands.

Orchard Percussion Studio is run to a very high standard with its own syllabus (see our publications). Students are taught on a one-to-one basis according to their individual needs, from beginners to advanced levels in all aspects of theory and practical drumming, covering all styles of playing. Orchard Percussion Studios offers students the chance to radically improve their playing. Students have the option to take the Trinity College London Percussion Examinations. These examinations are universally recognised, being used in over fifty countries and are highly regarded as reliable assessments.

The studios are all fully equipped with drum kits and have the benefit of air-conditioning and the facility to record students playing. There is also a separate studio for band rehearsals.

Orchard Percussion Studios have hosted drum clinics by many of the world's top class players including Peter Erskine, Dave Weckl, Steve Smith, Thomas Lang, Jim Chapin, Gary Chaffee, Clem Cattini, Crissy Lee,Steve Houghton, Stanton Moore, Billy Ward, Jim Kilpatrick, Chuck Silverman,Mark Schulman, Jojo Mayer, Brian Bennett and Ian Palmer.

Orchard Percussio Studios endorses Zildjian cymbals; Sonor drums; Pro-Mark sticks; Protection Racket cases; and RealFeel pads.

Orchard Percussion Studio is located in London Road, Great Horkesley, Colchester, Essex. CO6 4DA


For further information contact Paul on 01206 271634
or email orchardpercussion@keme.co.uk.