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Kit is a fantastic musician who plays drums and keyboards/piano to a very high standard!

— Steve Conway, Swing Vocalist

Hello! I am a professional musician, in my twenties, based in the UK.

I specialise in percussion (drumkit, orchestral percussion and a variety of ethnic percussion) and keyboards (piano, electric piano, Hammond organ, synths, etc.); I am available to hire for studio sessions and live work across the UK, or abroad. I also write and/or arrange music to commission and produce the tracks in my studio here in Norwich. In 2014 I released my first solo album, Bones From My Back, featuring sixteen original songs.

I also teach music, both privately, and in local schools and youth music projects – including working as a percussion tutor for Sistema In Norwich, and working with musical theatre students at Music Arts Project.

If you're interested in learning more about me, or in more information about my teaching, or performances, please navigate around the site using the links above.

Aside from music, I enjoy cooking, photography, watching Formula 1, supporting Norwich City Football Club, writing my Blog, and a variety of sports, especially table tennis, sailing and surfing.

Thank you for taking the time to look around my website - please don't hesitate to get in touch!

SEYO Summer Camp Side-By-Side concert at La Scala with Sinfónica Juvenil de Caracas

A video (and Spanish language interview!) of the Side-By-Side concert, featuring players from the Sistema Europe Youth Orchestra alongside El Sistema’s Sinfónica Juvenil de Caracas (and me) playing Ritmos Ciganos at Milan’s famous La Scala.

SEYO Day 3: tutti rehearsals

We’ve now been in Milan at the SEYO Summer Camp for three full days (and when I say ‘full’, I really do mean that – they have been three long, intense, full-on, exhausting days!), and it really is a fascinating experience.

A few things have mainly struck me so far…  The standard of the students participating is very high – in the advanced orchestra, where I am working with the percussion section, we have been able to focus on little details, points of technique, performance advice, and other minutiae, almost right from the start.  The students are all excellent players already, and this makes for very interesting, dynamic sectional rehearsals with a lot of ideas being thrown around and a real rehearsal process being very much in evidence!

The incredible passion and enthusiasm of all the teaching staff is also plain to see.  Given the number of different countries participating, and the fact that as a team of tutors, many of us had never met each other before and we have just been thrown together from different Sistema-inspired projects across all of Europe (each with their own, slightly different, customs and ways of doing things!), I think we have gelled pretty well.  From my point-of-view, I feel privileged to be working alongside a fantastic percussion tutor in sectionals, and under conductors in full rehearsals who really know what they want from a piece of music and have a vision for the performance.  I think this mix of nationalities and backgrounds is perfect for an experience like this, and means that we (the tutors) end up learning lots too.

The full Sistema Europe Youth Orchestra playing together for the first time in Teatro degli Arcimboldi
The full Sistema Europe Youth Orchestra playing together for the first time in Teatro degli Arcimboldi

Finally, it is abundantly clear what an amazing opportunity this is for all the students who have come on the course!  The chance to learn from some top professionals from all over Europe, and to play big, exciting orchestral music, is enormous.  As is the chance to be inspired by the National Children’s Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela (part of the El Sistema programme, with some children as young as six), performing in the breath-taking setting of La Scala.

Thanks to the hectic schedule here, this is the first time I’ve been able to post any updates – bar uploading a few iPhone pictures ‘on the fly’! – and I don’t know when I’ll be able to write anything properly about it again.  I shall try to post more details when I get an opportunity, though.  So after another very long day of rehearsals, and with another early start tomorrow morning…  Goodnight!

SEYO Day 3: combined wind/brass and percussion sectionals

 

Behind the stage at Teatro degli Arcimboldi
Behind the stage at Teatro degli Arcimboldi
  
Massed wind, brass and percussion of the SEYO
Massed wind, brass and percussion of the SEYO
 
Day three, and we’re all rehearsing onstage in the Teatro degli Arcimboldi this morning, except the strings! They’ll join the rest of us later this afternoon for the first tutti rehearsals.