Kathryn Williams is a flautist and recently qualified freediver based in the UK. Current projects include Coming Up for Air, a collection of commissioned flute pieces limited to a single breath currently containing over 100 new works, and PIXERCISE, a collaboration with composer Annie Hui-Hsin Hsieh in which piccolo performance and physical exercise collide. Recent solo performances include Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Café Oto for Kammer Klang, Theatre Basel, Royaumont Abbey, and Snape Maltings. A core member of The House of Bedlam, she has also performed with Distractfold Ensemble, Ensemble 360, BBC Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, and has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4. Upcoming album releases include a solo album of Coming Up for Air on Huddersfield Contemporary Records and music by Ryoko Akama with Apartment House on Another Timbre.
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, York University, Carnegie Mellon University, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, and Ohio State University; contributing to courses for Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme, Aldeburgh Young Musicians, National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, and long-term residencies at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Manchester Museum, and a central Manchester nursery school. Working with organisations including Live Music Now, Peoplescape Theatre, Theatre in Prisons and Probation, and Music in Hospitals and Care, Kathryn regularly devises and delivers performances and workshops in a wide variety of settings and communities.
Kathryn studied at the Royal Northern College of Music (BMus, MMus, International Artist Diploma) and is currently working towards a PhD within the Centre for Research in New Music (CeReNeM) at the University of Huddersfield.