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Kathryn Tickell & The Side
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Kathryn Tickell is the foremost exponent of the Northumbrian pipes, a composer, performer, educator and successful recording artist whose work is deeply rooted in the landscape and people of Northumbria.

Kathryn was awarded the OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, 2015. The OBE recognises her extraordinary career which began with learning tunes from old shepherd friends and evolved to traverse genres from jazz and world music to large-scale orchestral works. Exploring and cultivating her bountiful native heritage of Northumberland have been a constant throughout.

Kathryn currently records and tours with her folk-classical ensemble The Side, comprising Louisa Tuck (cello), Ruth Wall (harp) and Amy Thatcher (accordion, clog dancing). The Side first toured the UK in autumn 2013. Support from the PRS for Music Foundation enabled Kathryn to write and commision new work. The quartet's debut album was released in September 2014 followed by UK touring. Early 2015 saw them play concert hall dates at the Berliner Philharmoniker and Luxembourg Philharmonie. UK touring in May 2017 is followed by summer festival appearances.

On her home ground in 2016, Kathryn set up Magnetic North East, a new community interest company born out of a love for the region: its music, arts, culture, heritage, places and people; its long history of creativity; its strong sense of identity coupled with its adaptability and receptiveness to change. Through its work, Magnetic North East celebrates and promotes the distinctive cultural identity of the North East of England, rooted in the region’s traditions but boldly exploring new opportunities. Among MNE's work is the mentoring project that produces the north-east's premier young folk ensemble Superfolkus.

Kathryn is the founder of The Young Musicians Fund at the Community Foundation, 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. More details and Kathryn’s “Just Giving” page here The Fund is held by the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland. In 2015 Kathryn also became a Deputy Lieutenant of Northumberland.

In 2013 Kathryn was awarded "Musician of the Year" in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Her album "Northumbrian Voices" won "Best Traditional Album" in the Spiral Earth Awards, voted for by the public. Kathryn initiated and was Artistic Director for "The Festival of the North East", a celebration of arts across the region. Included in the programme was "One Night in Gateshead" where Kathryn's new pieces for Royal Northern Sinfonia were premiered; this night also saw the premiere performance by The Side. Kathryn also worked closely with Live Theatre as Musical Director for a new play "Tyne", performed in June and July, with further successful runs at Theatre Royal Newcastle and the Customs House South Shields in March 2014. Ongoing collaboration with Sting resulted in her performing in the music-theatre show "The Last Ship" at The Public Theatre, New York in autumn 2013.

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