Experience the ICMP community

like one of our own.

If you're looking to study one of our Drum courses, our experience days are FREE hands-on taster sessions held at our ICMP London campus.  Each Experience day is made up of workshops, classes and masterclass sessions, giving you the opportunity to learn new skills, master new techniques, interact with your potential tutors and meet your fellow class members.

Masterclasses, recording sessions and facilities tour

The day runs from 11am to 4pm, with lunch included. You will attend a morning and afternoon session: during the morning session, you will be put into groups and attend a 2 hours masterclass in drum technique, while during the afternoon session you will participate in a genre specific class held by our drum tutors. 

In between, you'll get to have a tour of the ICMP campus in Kilburn, guided by our staff; you'll be able to see our fantastic facilities, from our classrooms and performance studios, to our recording studios and tech labs: everything across the two buildings!

Following the tour, you'll meet the team at The Hub, our music industry experts and career counselors, which will explain and talk you through their role in helping shape the careers and opportunities of our students.

Discover the ICMP community

Please note, we currently have no Experience Days planned for 2019. However, we hold regular Open Days and Backstage Pass Tours, these are the perfect chance to discover more about ICMP and your future music career.



We regularly hold Experience Days for all disciplines throughout the year. If you'd like to know about the next one, contact our team:

By phone: 020 7328 0222

By email: enquiries@icmp.ac.uk


Gabor DornyeiDrums

Gábor Dörnyei is a multi-award winning solo artist with gold and platinum selling albums. He records for the Drum Channel in LA, is a Hudson Music (New York) artist, and was the drummer on Thriller Live, the Michael Jackson show and world tour, for three years. Gabor has shared the stage with legends such as Billy Cobham, Tommy Campbell, Jojo Mayer, Ian Paice, Steve Smith, Benny Greb, Gavin Harrison, Carl Palmer, Chris Coleman, and Dom Famularo.
Gábor Dörnyei Drum Tutor London

Fergus GerrandDrums

Fergus’ live credits include tours with Duran Duran, Sting, Cathy Dennis, David Guetta, Donna Summer, Morcheeba/Skye, Adam F, Take That, Bryan Adams, Robert Plant, Human League, Vanessa Mae, All Saints, Vasko Vassilev, Spice Girls, Whitesnake, Hank Marvin, Martina Topley-Bird, William Orbit and Mike Oldfield. He has recorded with Madonna, Sting, Peter Gabriel, and Katie Melua.
Fergus Gerrand | Drum Tutor | ICMP London

Darren AshfordDrums

Darren started playing drums at the age of 11 and cut his teeth in the highly acclaimed National Youth Jazz Orchestra. This gig led to work with the Andy Ross Orchestra (of ‘Come Dancing’ fame) and then to a 12-year stint with the Drifters, the last seven years as musical director. Darren has since played with many leading artists in contemporary music including Beverley Knight, Westlife, Will Young, Will Smith, Ja Rule, Lionel Ritchie, and many more.
Darren Ashford | Drum Tutor | ICMP London
Professional Music Facilities

During the Experience Days, you will get a chance to tour our fantastic facilities. At ICMP, we are committed to investing in the best teaching and learning environment for our students, with the latest equipment always available. 

We offer our music students many large live performance rooms with stages, together with sound-isolation booths across both our buildings. Students also have access to a comprehensive range of industry-standard recording and production facilities. This includes exclusive access to our electronic music production studio, our production booth and mobile recording rigs & recording booths.

And did you know? All ICMP students can use our music facilities for personal practice free of charge outside of time tabled hours, and we are open 7 days a week!

The Hub at ICMP

You will also meet and talk to the team at The Hub during your experience day. The Hub is the link between the classroom, the music industry and your future career, providing the students with a wide range of advice and guidance, including one to one sessions with professional music industry advisers and career guidance professionals.

Run by a team of music industry professionals and experienced careers counsellors, the team is on hand from day one to support ICMP students in taking the first steps towards a career in the music industry or in wider employment. Their support doesn't end at graduation, as they keep providing advice and help to our ICMP graduates whenever they need. 

Drum success stories

Luke Patterson (Clean Bandit)Drums

Luke Patterson, Drum student 2010 - 2011, has reached immense chart success with his band Clean Bandit. The band maintained Number One status for three weeks with their hit 'Rather Be' beating competition from Beyonce and Will.I.Am to the top spot. The song has also broken Spotify records by being the most streamed song in the UK in a week (1.09m streams), surpassing Daft Punk's 'Get Lucky'.

Gabi King (Declan McKenna & L Devine)Drums

In 2015, BMus Popular Music Performance Drums student Gabi King, joined Declan McKenna’s band as drummer through our careers service, The Hub. Declan McKenna is a young singer-songwriter, who won Glastonbury Festival’s 'Emerging Talent Competition' in 2015. He was soon snapped up by Q Prime Management (home to Muse, Metallica, Foals, Snow Patrol, Red Hot Chili Peppers) and signed to Sony Records. IN 2018 Gabi joined both L Devine as well as TS Graye and has been around touring since then.
Gabi King | Drums| ICMP London

Louise Bartle (Bloc Party & Novacub)Drums

Louise Bartle is a drummer who graduated from our BMus Popular Music Performance degree course in 2014. She has already performed as a session drummer with a range of prestigious artists such as Selena Gomez and Eliza Doolittle, as well as appearing on tv shows such as 'Skins' on E4 in 2012, and 'Toast of London' on Channel 4 in 2015. In 2015, Louise joined award-winning and internationally renowned indie band Bloc Party as their new drummer.
Louise Bartle, Bloc Party, Novacub | Drums | ICMP London