Maraca2 are a young percussion duo who have been making waves in the music scene. They met whilst both studying on the Undergraduate percussion course at the Birmingham Conservatoire for which they both achieved 1st class honours degrees and won many of the college prizes, both individually and as a duo.
Maraca2 have already performed at the many of the country’s finest concert halls and recital venues including Symphony Hall, National Indoor Arena, Fairfield hall, Warwick Arts Centre, the Barber Institute, Artsfest, the International Convention Centre, Leeds University and the Birmingham Conservatoire at the Annual Convention of European Conservatoires. They are also winners of the 2005 Birmingham Music Classical Awards for contribution to music in the region. Maraca2 are an extremely versatile group and can perform in a variety of unusual settings. To date, in addition to the more traditional recital venue, they have provided music on cruise ships, fashion shows and dance clubs to name but a few! Maraca2 are committed to perform new works not already heard in the UK and have performed many UK and World Premier’s. Last February they performed the English premier of the ‘Goldrush’ double percussion concerto with the Birmingham Conservatoire Symphony Orchestra conducted by Lionel Friend. Jacob ter Veldhuis, the composer, attended the performance which was described it as “one of the best ever!”.
The duo is heavily involved in music education and frequently performs in schools, colleges and other institutes of learning in addition to working regularly with the Southern Sinfonia Orchestra as part of their excellent education projects. They recently visited the Royal Northern College of Music to perform and work with composer Stephen Whibley’s on his new piece “Blue Motion”. Maraca2 endorse ‘Innovative Percussion’ sticks and mallets, Sabian Cymbals and ‘Marimba One’ Marimbas. We would like to thank these companies for their continued support.