Kevin Hathway

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Wind, Brass & Percussion


Kevin Hathway has had an illustrious career combining life as an orchestral player with teaching at the highest level. He is currently a professor of percussion at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, a member of the Philharmonia Orchestra, and Head of Percussion, Brass, Voice and Harp at the Purcell School.

Until his appointment at the Purcell School in 2008 Kevin jigsawed his role of co-principal percussion of the Philharmonia with that of Head of Percussion at the Royal College of Music, coaching many of the leading percussionists in UK orchestras today. Over the last 30 years he has toured the world extensively, performing with some of the world’s greatest conductors and soloists in the finest concert houses.

Kevin Hathway began his musical life as a trombonist and secured a scholarship to study both trombone and percussion at the Royal College of Music, with percussion eventually dominating his musical output. He was a founding member of the Wallace Collection brass ensemble and in 1992 was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship to study percussion pedagogy in the US.

Kevin co-devised the current ABRSM percussion syllabus and very much enjoyed being a generalist examiner for 10 years before taking up his current role as advisor to the Board.

As an animateur, Kevin has presented and conducted numerous concerts in the US, Malaysia and all around the UK in major venues. His unique micro-orchestra, Albert’s Band, is the resident outreach ensemble of the Royal Albert Hall. This group of 15 musicians specialises in high-octane family concerts and school projects, breaking down boundaries between the performer and audience with its energy and wit in presenting the Classics.