Beat a path to drummer with the stars

PUBLISHED: 11:04 23 January 2008 | UPDATED: 21:46 26 October 2009

From pop stars to Hollywood movies, Les Cirkel has drummed up a dazzling career

From pop stars to Hollywood movies, Les Cirkel has drummed up a dazzling career

PLAYING for the rich and famous is all in a day s work for one drummer from Hatfield. Cliff Richard, Des O Connor, Cilla Black and Princess Anne are just a few of the people talented Les Cirkel has entertained over the years. The drummer, a professional

PLAYING for the rich and famous is all in a day's work for one drummer from Hatfield.

Cliff Richard, Des O'Connor, Cilla Black and Princess Anne are just a few of the people talented Les Cirkel has entertained over the years.

The drummer, a professional for 40 years, had his first taste of working with the stars when he was around 19.

"Around that time I was playing for Dana, the Irish singer who won Eurovision, and did some concerts with Cilla Black, Jon Walker of the Walker Brothers, and The Drifters," he said.

Another highlight of Les' career was when he played in Stanley Kubrick's film, Eyes Wide Shut, which features Hollywood heartthrob, Tom Cruise.

He added: "All of this came about because as you get known and respected by other musicians for what you play, they trust your abilities through recommendation and that leads to more work."

Now the 57-year-old wants to pass on his expertise and knowledge by holding workshops for those who want to learn how to play the drums.

Playing since the age of 13, Les, of Cornerfield, Hatfield, hopes the sessions will be busy.

He said: "I'm a player first, so I bring all that knowledge and experience to my pupils that many teachers just don't have.

"I don't think there's anything like this in Hertfordshire, so it's great to have a big hall to play in, with tea and coffee on the go, easy parking and unloading."

The workshops take place on Wednesdays from 7pm to 9pm, at a cost of £20.

Each session will be held at St Michael's Church, Birchwood Avenue in Hatfield.

Les added: "I want to encourage players of all styles and abilities to come and get involved in meeting other players, improving their drumming skills and have some fun."

For more information on the workshops call Les on 01707 268500 or you can email him at lescirkel@onetel.com

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