6 March 2019
Image: Tom McKinney
We are delighted to welcome Tom McKinney to Kettle’s Yard as the New Music Curator. A familiar voice on BBC Radio 3, on the contemporary music programme Hear & Now and presenting many live concerts, Tom is also a regular contributor to Record Review and The Essay. As a guitarist specialising in new and experimental music, Tom has taken part in countless world and UK premieres, and has performed as a soloist and chamber musician at many of the major festivals, such as the BBC Proms, Aldeburgh Festival, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and London Contemporary Music Festival.
Music has always been played at Kettle’s Yard. There are two pianos in the House at Kettle’s Yard and when it was a home to Jim and Helen Ede they used to hold small concerts. Tom McKinney will be continuing this tradition with a regular New Music series.
Tom says “I’m incredibly excited to present music and musicians that will match the unique qualities of Kettle’s Yard, and give audiences the opportunity to experience the sounds and sensations which represent the very best of new music being made today.”
Deborah Carnwath, Kettle’s Yard Music Associate says “New Music is an inventive and exciting element of our music provision here at Kettle’s Yard and we are thrilled to have engaged Tom McKinney to take us forward into 2020. With a musical background that embraces performance, broadcasting, commissioning and taking new music to unusual places, Tom promises to be just the person to bring us concerts to stimulate, challenge and delight us. We look forward to his first series, planned to start early next year.”
Recent New Music concerts have included a junk percussion performance by the Aurora Percussion Duo and students from Impington Village College and a concert inspired by the birth of composer Samantha Fernando’s first child. About his upcoming series, Tom says “You can expect everything from lyrical intimacy to flash-grenade virtuosity; one-off immersive events which will transport you to new sonic landscapes; there will be music from living composers ranging from established to the underground; and all performed by exceptional musicians.”
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