Kevin Hathway is one of England’s most respected percussionists and educators. Besides being a member of the Philharmonia section – a position he has held since 1979 – he is head of wind, brass and percussion at the world-renowned Purcell School. He is a diploma examiner for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music and co-devised their timpani, snare drum and tuned percussion examination syllabus.
From 1986–2007 he was head of the percussion faculty at the Royal College of Music. He creates and presents numerous concerts aimed at younger audiences and his unique Elastic Band – a micro-orchestra of 15 musicians – is in great demand throughout the UK and abroad. His themed family concerts for the Philharmonia are a runaway success and are a concept he uses with MusicQuest, Britten Sinfonia, Southbank Sinfonia and the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra. He also directs Alberts Band, an educational chamber group resident at the Royal Albert Hall.
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