Richard Kensington

Professional Percussionist since 1998

I've had the pleasure and good fortune to play with some hugely talented people in my life. I've learnt a great deal from all of them and I try to bring all of that experience to every new musical situaltion I find myself in. Music is never ending, there is always something new to learn, somewhere new to play or someone new to play with or listen to. Here is a brief synopsis of what I've been up to since starting out with Mas Y Mas in 1998. 

Music and Health - OPUS Music CIC

Since 2010 I've been very active with OPUS Music CIC working with music in healthcare settings and developing innovative approaches to bringing music into 7 hospitals across the East Midlands. We play music for and with patients on wards and at bedside and we train musicians and healthcare staff in the use of music in healthcare settings:

London Lucumi Choir 2017 -

Since the Singing For The Orishas Workshops Series The Axis Percussion Trio have been invited to play gigs supporting the singers of the London Lucumi Choir. We also played on their recent album 'Moyuba Baba, Moyuba Yeye' (see discography below).

Mas Y Mas  1998 - 2017

In 2008 we went to Cuba where we recorded our third album in Havana with my long time friend and mentor Chaguito:



Rich & Famous since 2007

Wayne Evans and I formed Rich & Famous to showcase stripped down acoustic versions of his songs

The Last Pedestrians since 2010

Working with song writers Wayne Evans, Harry Stephenson and Phil Jackson has shown me a lot about the craft and power of song writing:

Gaffa since 2012

Bands I previously played with: 




Orquesta Timbala

Bass Tone Slap 


I've seen on countless occasions the power music has to inspire, enthuse, build confidence and develop self esteem in children and young people. Drumming with other people creates group cohesion, develops listening skills, coordination, concentration and focus. 

I facilitate group drumming/ percussion workshops that range in focus between rhythm skills, group playing, basic technique on drums, building polyrhythms and rythmic arrangements, creativity and teaching the traditions that I've had first hand experience in. 

During my time in Mas Y Mas the band was also very active in devising work for children to enjoy and participate in with regular shows for children at The Royal Centre in Nottingham and large scale performances and curriculum design for Nottingham City and Wigan music services:

Where possible my work in Education has included long term involvement with schools and other groups but I have also delivered countless 'one off' sessions introducing many people to drumming for the first time. 

Some of the places I have worked over a long period of time inlcude:

Nottingham Music School 2003 - 2010. I ran the African Drumming/ World Music module for 7 years. 

Rufford Infants 2002 - 2011. I delivered creative percussion sessions for 5 days per half term for 9 years. 

Youth Music Mentoring 2006 - 2010. I ran a weekly drumming group at The Arts in Education Centre in Nottingham with a focus on mentoring young people through music. 

Nottingham HHE and CAMHS (Thorneywood, Hopewood and Sherwood Learning Centre) 2008 - Present. I work with small groups of children and young people who are outside mainstream education. 

Timberos Del Futuro - This youth group developed independently out of Nottingham music school and got really good at playing congas! Here they are below on tour with Nottingham Music School in 2007. 


I've played on the following albums: