This amazing mime percussion piece makes cooking into an epic drama

The bonkers piece was composed and performed by Louise Goodwin, a percussionist at the Royal College of Music

Kitchen percussion mime rectangle

When freelance percussionist Louise Goodwin was asked to write a piece for a series of music education visits to schools, while studying at the Royal College of Music, she decided to do something completely different. Here’s what she came up with…

Louise and her co-composer Phoebe Garrett decided to take inspiration from something everyday – making dinner in the kitchen.

But as she starts washing her vegetables and chopping her food, strange things start happening.

Here’s the whole amazing and ridiculous piece:


Percussionist Louise Goodwin performs 'Kitchen'

This might be the strangest percussion piece we've ever heard…


And here’s what the music looks like on the page:

Click on the image for a close-up view

Kitchen percussion mime piece

We asked Louise to explain how she makes sure her actions match the pre-recorded soundtrack

She doesn’t wear an ear-piece to tell her when to move on to the next action, so how does it work?


How does 'Kitchen' work?

We asked Louise Goodwin to explain how she performs her amazing percussion-mime piece


We're celebrating the Royal College of Music throughout this week on Classic FM. See some of the treasures housed in the college here and watch an amazing performance of The Flight of the Bumblebee here.

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