Paul Jeffries

2018 QEST Edith Murphy Foundation Scholar - Percussion Instrument Making
South Yorkshire

Repairing orchestral percussion instruments has been the mainstay of Paul’s business for 20 years. Whilst successful professionally, his desire remains to focus on making complete instruments.

Paul has made every element of a percussion instrument many times, but is hindered from producing the whole because he is dissatisfied with accepted solutions to certain problems. His QEST Edith Murphy Foundation Scholarship was spent developing and improving materials for components from resonator tubes and timpani bowls to note pegs.

Modern composites are better suited to many elements of percussion instruments. I want to experiment with combinations of carbon fibre technology and the traditional wooden note bed to produce something I can be truly proud of and offer a lifetime guarantee.