Portsmouth 2022

International Rudimental Drummers’ Symposium

The Society of International Rudimental Drummers (SIRD) is organising the 3rd global symposium for rudimental drummers, which this year will be in Portsmouth, United Kingdom between Friday the 16th & Sunday the 18th September 2022.


  • International exchange of drummers and fifers from across the world, with an emphasis on traditional rudimental drumming and fifing
  • Better understanding of the different forms of notations, their interpretation and country-specific techniques
  • Discussions for the development and innovation of drumming and fifing
  • Youth development forum to discuss possible strategies moving forward Presentation of education
    concepts from different countries
  • Plan future SIRD events
  • Establishment of an international network


To motivate as many people as possible to attend the event, the entry fee has been fixed at the lowest possible price of £115. The fee includes all meals & refreshments during the symposium, access to all activities & events, together with various other expenses.

Accommodation is billed separately to allow people flexibility in where they choose to stay. However, our main hosting hotel, the Royal Maritime Club, is providing our guests with a discounted rate of £115.

A rough break-down of costs are as follow:

  • £115​​ Accommodation (2 x nights B&B)
  • £20 Venue Hire
  • £75​ ​All food (Friday pm – Sunday am)
  • £5​​ Registration / Administration
  • £15​​ Gifts / Merchandise 
  • £230 TOTAL

This price is for the Classic room based on two people sharing.


Portsmouth is a dynamic and vibrant waterfront city with a proud naval and maritime heritage. Offering magnificent world-class visitor attractions, museums and galleries, unique shopping destinations, great places to eat and miles of beautiful waterfront, Portsmouth has something for absolutely everyone. Ideally situated on the south coast of England, the UK’s only island city is ideal for a short break by the sea. For further information about the City of Portsmouth go to: visitportsmouth.co.uk

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

The Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is home of the National Museum of the Royal Navy and features many historic buildings, ships and exhibits, which are open to the general public. The Historic Dockyard will be one of the main venues for the Symposium as we will using the Victory Port Arena for a concert on the Sunday. Entry to the site is free but tickets must be purchased to entre certain attractions. We will also be using the Action Stations’ conference centre…

Action Stations

Actions Stations is a high-tech interactive attraction housed in Boathouse 6. The building also houses a conferencing centre with a 275-seat auditorium, separate conferencing room and full catering facilities. Action Stations will be our main venue for the clinics, workshops and masterclasses on the Saturday.


Royal Maritime Club Hotel

Participants will be accommodated in the Royal Maritime Club Hotel, situated just a 5 minutes’ walk from the Historic Dockyard. The hotel will host the presentations and welcome reception on the Friday, formal dinner on the Saturday evening and the trade fair for the Sunday morning.

Extra night’s stay either side of the Symposium can be booked by the individual. The Royal Maritime Club Hotel will provide a code to allow booking at the discounted rate.


Other Accommodation

Further local hotel accommodation can be booked if extra nights cannot be secured at the Royal Maritime Club Hotel. Please see list of nearby hotels (closest to furthest), estimated cost per room, per night and estimated walk time to the Historic Dockyard:


All meals between the 16th and 18th are provided and served at the hotel or Action Stations. Breakfast is included during your stay at the hotel.


Friday 16th September 2022

AM Participants arrive
1300 Arrive at Hotel
1400 Trafalgar Ballroom for registration and welcome drinks
1430 Opening welcome briefs
1500 Presentations
1900 Finish – break before evening
2000 Evening reception buffet – Official start to Portsmouth 2022
O/C Evening finishes

Saturday 17th September 2022:

0845 Meet in hotel lobby. Walk to Action Stations (5-minute walk)
0915 Arrive at Actions Stations, Historic Dockyard
0930 Opening introduction
0945 Start of Workshops/Masterclasses
1200 Lunch
1300 Continue
1800 Finish
1830 Move back to hotel
1930 SIRD 2022 Banquet (3 course dinner)
O/C Evening Finishes

Sunday 18th September 2022:

0800 Trade stands arrive and set up for Trade Fair
0900 General Assembly SIRD (for members only)
0900 Trade Fair (in Ballroom)
1100 Early lunch
1200 Move to Historic Dockyard
1230 Set up / Rehearsals
1300 Concert at the HMS Victory Portside Arena
1430 Finish – Official end of Portsmouth 2022
1500 Event complete – Farewell until the next time…


Fridays’ Presentations:

The presentations on Friday evening are a chance for new countries to the Symposium an opportunity to explain the styles, traditions and movements indicative to that country. It will also be a chance for countries that have seen any significant projects take place since 2018. Proposed countries include: 

  • Denmark
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Japan
  • Latino (SER)
  • Netherlands
  • Switzerland
  • UK

Presentations will be 15 minutes in duration with a 5 minute ‘reset’ time between each.

Saturdays’ Workshops/Masterclasses:

The Saturday will be devoted to a wide range of interesting and entertaining clinics, workshops and masterclasses selected to offer the most value to the Symposium. There will also be slots available for rehearsal (to run through repertoire) and practice sessions to help ensure we have a good balance of information and drumming!

List of proposed clinicians:

  • John Wooton   -   Drum Corps
  • Thomas Barnes   -   Pipe Band
  • Franzie & Kerrie   -   Women in Drumming
  • Matt King   -   Orchestral Application to Rudiments
  • Roman Lombriser   -   Swiss Composition (Live link)
  • Ed Oosterom   -   Dutch Marine Korps
  • Brendan & Colin Mason   -   Ancient American Drumming
  • British Army   -   History of British Drumming
  • Theo Regis   -   French Drumming
  • Urs Gehrig   -   Vision and journey to digital music notation in Rudimental Drumming
  • Peter Vulperhorst   -   Composition

Sundays’ Concert:

The Finale of the Symposium will be a joint concert on the Sunday between 1300 & 1430. This will signify the end of Portsmouth 2022, as we all come together, drums and fifes, to perform a selection of shared repertoire.

The main element of the Concert will consist of each group (drums and fifes) performing a short ‘set’ of between 6-10 minutes:

  • Royal Marines Corps of Drums (UK)
  • British Army Corps of Drums (UK)
  • Connecticut Patriots Fife and Drum Corps (US)
  • Feldspiel (CH)
  • Traditional Collective (NL)
  • Danish Drums and Fifes (DK)

For the concerts ‘Finale’, drumming and fifing delegates are encouraged to come together to perform a collection of well-known and traditional repertoire. This aspect of the concert truly represents SIRD’s ideologies of: Tradition, Collaboration and Exchange

Pieces will include:

  • British Grenadiers / Arabi - Traditional UK / Swiss
  • Illawalla - Royal Marines drum solos
  • Crazy Army / Whoop Jamboree - American favourite
  • Taptoe - French classic
  • Downfall of Paris - Traditional
  • Three Camps - Traditional


  1. Royal Maritime Club Hotel
  2. Portsmouth Harbour Train      Station
  3. Entrance to Historic Dockyard
  4. Action Stations
  5. Victory Portside Arena
  6. Gunwharf Quays – shopping and entertainment
  7. Premier Inn Hotel
  8. Holiday Inn Express