Shaw, Colin There are 9 products.

Colin Shaw was born and brought up in Kent, before winning a music scholarship to Bradfield College in Berkshire where he studied singing, oboe, piano and percussion. At the University of East Anglia, he continued his studies in music, specialising first in oboe and later, percussion. He became a choral scholar at Norwich Cathedral in 1987, and in 1989, was appointed the youngest person ever to be made lay clerk there.

With the Norwich Cathedral Choir, Colin has sung on many CD recordings, TV and radio broadcasts, and has toured widely, visiting the USA 3 times, Norway twice, and Malta, and Germany, Italy, France, Holland, Belgium and Sweden on numerous occasions.  He writes choral music which has been performed at Norwich Cathedral.  

Colin has been a percussion teacher for 20 years, and directs 5 percussion ensembles, enabling him to try out his own compositions and perform them regularly to a high standard and with huge success.  Several of his pieces have been performed at the Norfolk Music Festival annually for many years, and his pupils have often achieved the highest standard – outstanding. He is soon to publish a set of tutor books for percussion teaching.

He is in demand as a professional percussionist throughout the country for orchestral concerts, has played in several bands as a drummer in many different styles (jazz, rock, funk, blues, 70’s Disco etc), and has performed at well-known venues across the UK, including at the Festival Hall and the O2 in London and has supported well known names such as Jools Holland and his Big Band.

Colin has organised percussion Master classes with notable performers, a highlight being the drummer of Status Quo.   

Colin composes in a variety of genres, percussion ensemble, percussion in education, choral music for churches and cathedrals, and even arranging string quartet and brass parts for the pop world.

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  • This is an entry level piece for 5 players. The parts can be doubled-up, especially the tambourine and bass drum.Floor toms can double as bass drums (even loose-headed timpani!) Each part is important in this piece, but the snare drum and cymbal parts have extra techniques that need to be mastered – rim shots and rim clicks for the snare drum, and choked...

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  • A fairly challenging piece for 5 players of higher intermediate standard. Ideal for a schools senior percussion ensembleIt is in minimalist form with a build up of sound as each instrument enters the music. The snare drum player needs to take care over the very quiet snare roll. There are quite complex cross rhythms.

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  • A piece for 8 intermediate-standard players. The dynamics in Spellbound are critically important, especially in bars 33 to 43, in order for the climax to the piece to work. The ‘magical’ triangle rolls are vital to give the piece it’s mysterious ‘Spellbinding’ quality.

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  • Get Shirty is an intermediate level piece for 6 players, with lots of interest making it an attractive concert choice. Its’ driving rhythms and fun themes make it popular with performers and the audience alike. The Piece uses wooden broomsticks which, along with other visual devices, give it tremendous theatricality. Listen to the recording which...

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  • This is a piece for 6 players of higher intermediate level. The title is derogatory – written when Colin's son was keeping him awake when he was a baby!Counting is very important for all parts, especially as the 6/8 time signature at the beginning is disrupted by hemiolas. The climax of the piece features a player climbing a stepladder and pouring a...

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  • This is a piece inspired by the Bulgarian pop culture, which I heard on a recent trip to that country. All parts are very important to the complete performance (including the triangle solo!), but the tuned parts should shine! The tune and accompaniment is shared out equally between the three instruments – use hard sticks. There are sections for body...

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  • Two Little Dickie Birds is a beginner level piece for 5 players based on the traditional childrens’ verse of the same name.The piece has been written to introduce students to ensemble playing, and they are encouraged to listen out for the solo/duet versions of the rhythm. There is also scope for teaching dynamics, especially from D to the triumphant...

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  • GCSE is a theatrical performance.  The piece is ideally played with each part doubled up, so the optimum number of players is 8, however it could also work tripled up! Each player needs a separate desk, and a fairly sturdy one! 4 in front and 4 behind.

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  • 'Batterie' which is french for 'Percussion' is a piece for 6 players, 2 of which need to be competent with playing tuned parts, although they are quite simple. All parts have lots of percussion enjoy.

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