Kathryn has been awarded the OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list. The OBE recognises her extraordinary career which began when she picked up a set of pipes as a small girl (after being told not to mess with them!). Tunes learnt from family and friends formed her repertoire and evolved to traverse genres from jazz and world music to large-scale orchestral works. Less public, but close to home, Kathryn founded The Young Musicians' Fund which has raised over £100,000 for young people in the North East. The fund has built an endowment which will make grants to young musicians in the North East in perpetuity! See Kathryn's "Just Giving" page. Amid touring, composing, teaching, being a mum AND feeding hens, an OBE is a rather lovely thing to happen!
If you were lucky enough to see Kathryn & The Side play at a packed Howard Assembly Room in Leeds back in February, this is what the quartet got up to earlier in the day. A video of their beautiful instrumental version of the lullaby Felton Lonnen can been seen here. This is part of an ongoing project by Opera North.