Tim Farmer


Tim Farmer - Percussion

Tim’s earliest musical experiences came via church, as his family attended the Salvation Army.  At an early age he began to play the cornet in the children’s brass band, however he was always fascinated by the drums and was  soon ‘promoted’ to percussion.

Birmingham Conservatoire

Eventually this led to Tim studying Orchestral Percussion and Timpani at the Birmingham Conservatoire and since graduating from college he has worked extensively as a freelance performer.

Orchestral Musician

As an orchestral musician Tim has performed with the English Symphony Orchestra, Southern Sinfonia, Orchestra Da Camera, City Concert Orchestra, Armonico Consort, Fine Arts Brass Ensemble and the Prince of Wales Brass. In 2002 he was appointed principal timpanist with Orchestra of the Swan and currently holds the same chair with Southern Sinfonia.

From Musical Theatres to Tenors

Tim also played Percussion/Drum-kit on Russell Watson’s The Voice tour. Tim’s versatility as a percussionist sees him in great demand in field of theatre music and his theatrical credits include UK Tours of Miss Saigon and My Fair Lady (Cameron Mackintosh), The Sound of Music (UK tour), Calamity Jane (both West End and UK tour), La Cage Aux Folles (UK Tour), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (UK tour) Dr Do-Little (UK Tour), Cabaret (UK Tour) ,over 20 years of Christmas pantomimes, Arabian Nights (Musical Director, New Vic Theatre)  The Caucasian Calk Circle (Musical Director, Shared Experience).

Royal Shakespeare Company

Tim is a regular musician at the Royal Shakespeare Company and has performed in well over 30 productions for the RSC, highlights include residences in Madrid, New York and Washington and the recent production of Troilus and Cressida for which the music was composed by international percussion soloist Dame Evelyn Glennie.

Once he even travelled to Beirut to perform in a production of Evita for the Lebanese government (honest!!)

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