Formed in 2014, Abstruckt are one of the most exciting new percussion ensembles to come out of the UK. With a focus on theatrical performance, this ensemble reworks its repertoire to fit the space, creating an immersive experience for the audience.  

   

As well as performing core works, such as Reich’s ‘Mallet Quartet’, Cage’s ‘Living Room Music’ and Xenakis’ ‘Okho’, Abstruckt are passionate about pioneering new repertoire for percussion, and have premiered seven new works in the last year alone. Highlights of the ensemble’s performances in the UK have included Multi-Story projects, numerous Nonclassical events and composer collaborations with Listenpony & the 840 Series.

Photographer: James Cameron 

Photographer: Katherine Waters

 

Joe Richards

After two years of training at the prestigious Purcell School of Music, Joe was awarded a scholarship at the Royal College of Music. Having graduated with First Class Honours, he continued his studies for a Masters in Performance, receiving a Distinction as an Ian Evans Lombe and Mary Dobson Scholar.

  Joe has performed all over the UK and abroad in a huge array of musical contexts; ranging from work as a contemporary solo artist, to that of an orchestral, chamber and West End musician. He has appeared with numerous ensembles including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and London Sinfonietta, frequently featuring on national radio and television. 

  These projects have seen him working with such internationally renowned musicians as Diego Masson, Vladimir Jurowski, Bernard Haitink, Sir Roger Norrington, Deep Purple, Stewart Copeland (The Police), Mark Ford, Daniella Ganeva and Nebojsa Zivkovic amongst many others.

 

Ana Gasco-Gomez

Ana is a Spanish percussionist and timpanist based in Canada. After finishing her studies with distinction at the Real Conservatorio Superior de Música de Madrid, she moved to London to complete a Master in Performance at the Royal College of Music, winning a scholarship from the ‘Mary Jobson and Neville Wathen award’.

Ana has performed with different orchestras and bands around the world including Victoria Symphony Orchestra, Pacific Opera, Netherlands Philharmonic, Vancouver Island Symphony Orchestra, Film Symphony Orchestra and Banda Municipal de Madrid.

Freelancing mostly between Canada, Spain and UK, Ana shares her love for both classical and contemporary music, playing with different ensembles. As a solo artist she premiered the percussion piece 間 [ma] by Raquel Garcia Tomas at the Royal Academy of Arts, London.

Ana enjoys boxing, pilates and of course…a nice hike through the Canadian forests!

Emma Arden

Emma graduated from the Royal College of Music in 2014 with the Joy Hockings Percussion Prize. From there, she's gone on to direct the UK's premier performance drumline, Box 9 Drumline. With Box 9 she has performed for the NFL, Rugby World Cup Finals, Omega, Shell, Classic FM and many more. 

As a freelancer, Emma has recorded in Abbey Road Studios, Air Studios and Angel Studios for the likes of Pink Floyd and Rick Wakeman. She's also appeared on BBC1 & MTV with Clean Bandit and Channel 4's The Last Leg. Most recently, Emma has been acting as Drum Captain for performances of Clean Bandit's song 'I Miss You' in the UK and Europe.

Since 2014 Emma has taught percussion & drumline at one of the UK's most prestigious music schools, Wells Cathedral School. Emma is also covering percussion teacher at the Royal College of Music Junior Department.  

 

Elsa Bradley

Elsa Bradley is a London-based freelance percussionist and timpanist, born and raised in Yorkshire. She graduated from King's College, London and the Royal College of Music with first-class degrees and has gone on to play in a variety of orchestral and chamber ensembles across the UK, Europe and Canada. 

As an orchestral musician, Elsa has freelanced in many of the UK's main orchestras including regular work with the BBC Symphony and Concert Orchestras, Britten Sinfonia, Opera North, City of London Sinfonia and Birmingham Contemporary Music Group

Both period and contemporary music feature heavily in Elsa's life and she plays in regular projects with various period ensembles, the award-winning Multi-Story Orchestra and new-music collective Plus Minus Ensemble

Elsa also plays the hammered dulcimer and cimbalom professionally, with the latter (and larger!) instrument notably having taken her to the BBC Proms with the London Sinfonietta and across to Montréal, Canada to play with Le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne. Folk music, both traditional and modern, is a genre Elsa really enjoys exploring on the hammered dulcimer and has played in numerous ensembles at venues including the Royal Academy of Music and Ronnie Scotts

In her free time Elsa likes to be outdoors, mostly cycling and exploring new places.