Amy Kelly – Director
Amy is a graduate from Trinity Music College, London, where she trained in classical percussion. She works as a multi-instrumentalist for cross platform arts throughout the UK. Her career has taken her around the globe touring with bands Marcella and the Forget Me Nots and The Irrepressibles and stage shows Noise Ensemble and DrumChasers to name a few. Theatre projects across the years have ranged from seasons at The Globe Theatre on the Southbank to performing with The English National Ballet. She has played with Patrick Wolf, Robyn, Alison Moyet and Lemar and currently works with various bands including The Jaw and LuLe. Amy is a music director at Disney Theatrical Education working with young people in London’s West End in association with The Lion King and Aladdin.
Jess Tomlinson – creative administrator
Jess has been a part of Team Rig since 2016 – her highlights have been working at WOMAD and Geronimo festivals and performing with the BBC Philharmonic for their children’s concert The Amazing Sound Quest. From Summer 2018, she has taken on an additional administrative role within the team – Jess coordinates our social media, lets you know about our upcoming events and might be the one to answer your emails.
Jess has recently finished a Masters in music performance (she’s a clarinettist!) at the Royal Northern College of Music. She is now based in the North West, performing regularly with local orchestras, her quintet Chameleon and for Thursford Musical Spectacular at the end of 2018.
Becky Dell – Co-creator
A little Rig history…
The Rig was formed in 2013 with co-creator Becky Dell who for many years toured with the highly acclaimed West End show ‘Stomp’. Becky and Amy worked for five years developing The Rig into what we see today and together built each part of The Rig by hand (with a little help from specialist metal/wood worker friends!). They have so far taken The Rig to the Proms at the Albert Hall, events at Blenheim Palace and many other prestigious locations, festivals such as WOMAD and have worked alongside the LSO, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and Spitalfields Music to name a few. They have worked for years in education and have toured music workshops across the UK in association with the BBC Ten Pieces project.
Together they wrote and performed on The Rig’s YouTube channel creating educational music videos and ‘how to…’ guides for making your own instruments and sound experiments at home – go check us out here! Becky continues to be an avid supporter of The Rig whilst she works full time being one of the best educators in music through her Becky Dell Music Academy in south east London!
Here are some of the Riggers you might meet on your travels…
Marianne is a freelance musician playing violin, bass guitar, keyboard and backing vocals for four bands. In between bands she sessions in orchestras and recordings for artists, and practices her drum skills on The Rig! Her favourite piece is the new Hooter Tree!
Meet the lovely Edu, Amy’s husband – we’re sure that has nothing to do with why he’s so busy at festivals with us! Edu is from Argentina and knows a mean South American groove or two. His favourite part of the Rig is the Suitcase Bass Drum!
Harry is an awesome jazz drummer and trained at Leeds College of Music and Trinity Laban. Harry is also one of our Workshop Facilitators so you might see him at a school near you! His favourite bit of The Rig is the Rhythm Rig because he loves to make a lot of noise!
Joe the drummer – another one! One to watch out for, he is a graduate from the Brit school and is headed for great things. An asset to our team, friendly and a young trend setter. His favourite part of the Rig are the oven tray headphones which he has affectionately nicknamed the ‘Magic Grill’!