Patrick King

Timpani (Opera) Tutor

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

Patrick King is currently Principal Timpanist with Welsh National Opera and is based in Cardiff. He has held this position from 2008, working under many great conductors including Sir Charles Mackerras, Andrew Litton and former music director Lothar Koenigs.

Patrick studied at the Royal College of Music and on graduating received the Directors Prize for musical contribution.  While at the RCM he was Principal Timpanist with the European Union Youth Orchestra, and then went on to a freelance career which involved playing with every major orchestra in the UK including the LSO, BBC Symphony Orchestra, LPO, RPO, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra and The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

Patrick was percussion finalist in the BBC Young Musician of the Year in 2001, and winner of the LSO St Lukes Academy, which led to freelance work with the LSO. 

As an educator Patrick has tutored the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and the National Youth Wind Orchestra of Wales. Patrick teaches Timpani at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Dramhas examined and given masterclasses at the Birmingham Conservatoire of Music, Royal College of Music and The Purcell School. Equally passionate about outreach work, Patrick has led workshops throughout the country and enjoys taking the joy of music to as many people as possible .