Tim Doyle is a drummer, percussionist, composer, arranger and teacher based in London. As a drummer Tim specialises in jazz, drum & bass and Hip-Hop but has been booked in and around London for a wide range of other styles including working for pop groups, Balkan/Eastern European bands and the creation of a funky house sample library (for Sample Magic). As a percussionist he plays jazz vibraphone, samba, Ghanaian hand drums (Kpanlogo/Fume Fume etc.) Middle Eastern percussion and has experience with Cuban percussion and sabar (Senegalese/Gambian tradition drumming).

Tim began his musical journey playing with Indie rock bands at age 13 and began the playing southern England gigging circuit by age 14 with occasional scurries northwards for mini tours. He departed this scene at 16 to commit himself to furthering his knowledge of music. And so began a period of intense and focused study where he immersed himself in the world of jazz drum kit, jazz vibraphone, piano, theories of music and all manor of world and orchestral percussion.

At age 19 Tim went on to study a BMus (Hons) degree (bachelor of music) at City University with advanced performance tuition provided by The Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He focused his efforts on jazz performance and composition during his time at City University but also exceled in academia and his hard work was rewarded when he graduated with a 1st class in 2013.
During his time at University, Tim began to explore all the aspects of the musical world. He secured internships with music PR companies (TCK productions) and radio programs (Jazz on 3, BBC Radio 3), taking part in youth initiatives and courses such as Young & Serious (Serious), Write Stuff (Jazz Wise), Faber’s composing for commercials course (Faber Publications) in addition to his compositional and performance activities.

Tim also joined several bands at this time that had a significant impact on his career and creative direction, such as, Rhythms of the City and Don Kipper, and formed his own bands Echidna and Big Beat Manifesto. It was at this time that he
also began to work as a freelance performer and composer in and around London. Highlights include: playing samba on the Hyde park stage in front of 20,000 ‘anti-cuts protestors’; playing at The Royal Festival Hall as a percussionist with The London Philharmonic Orchestra; touring in Poland and Brazil playing samba with Rhythms of the City; pitching advert compositions to advertising companies (Platinum Rye) and writing music for student films and documentaries.

Tim is now working around London as a composer/arranger, performer and teacher. He teachers part time for THAMES (Tower Hamlets Arts and Music Education Service) and teaches privately around London whilst spending the rest of his time writing music for his own bands, commission and films/animations, gigging and studying all manner of musical fields.

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