Kathryn Williams is a flautist and educator based in the UK. She performs regularly as a soloist and orchestral musician and delivers vibrant and engaging music workshops to the youngest and eldest in the community. Recent highlights include performances with Distractfold Ensemble, House of Bedlam, concertos with Manchester Camerata and Dayton Philharmonic, and with orchestras including the BBC Philharmonic, The Hallé, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, and Sinfonia Cymru. Kathryn's current solo project, Coming Up for Air, commissions new pieces limited to a single breath each and has been selected for YCAT Sounding Board Project Mentoring (click to read more about Coming Up For Air).
As a music educator Kathryn specialises in experimental performance practice and early-years education. Recently this has included guest lecturing at the Royal Northern College of Music and The Ohio State University, contributing to courses with Aldeburgh Young Musicians, delivering performances and workshops for Live Music Now, and long-term residencies at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Manchester Museum and in a central Manchester nursery school. Kathryn also works with Peoplescape Theatre as an actor/musician/composer for The Silent Songbird, a new touring show created for ages 3-7 as part of Chester Zoo's Sing for Songbirds campaign.
Kathryn earned a BMus, MMus, and International Artist Diploma from the Royal Northern College of Music with teachers Peter Lloyd, Richard Davis, Katherine Baker, Stephen Preston, Karin de Fleyt and others. Prizes include RNCM Bach Prize, RNCM Concerto Competition (on two occasions), British Flute Society Young Artist Competition, and National Foundation for Arts Award (USA). She is currently studying for a PhD in Performance at University of Huddersfield under the supervision of Philip Thomas and Aaron Cassidy.