Holly Prest

Percussionist, Arts Manager and Educator

Holly Prest is an outstanding percussionist, director and educator. With over 20 years of experience behind her, Holly’s dedication to the music, rhythms and cultures from around the world has led her to translate all of this knowledge into her passion for performing and teaching. Since 2004, she has completed multiple study trips focusing on cross-arts Carnival forms in Brazil, Cuba, and Trindad & Tobago.

Holly is the Director of percussion and dance collective Juba do Leão, Director of youth music and dance outfit Jubacana, and Artistic Director of Global Grooves, an inspirational Carnival arts charity. As percussionist with trio Skutch Manos, she regularly performs around the UK sharing her energetic and unique style of multi-percussion playing.

As well as performing, Holly is a very experienced workshop facilitator, sharing her extensive knowledge of the music and song of North East Brazil. She also offers one-to-one instrumental lessons in percussion and drum kit.
Holly is always on the lookout for new workshop opportunities and potential collaborations with other artists.