Kathryn Williams is a flautist and educator based in the UK. A core member of The House of Bedlam, she has also performed with Distractfold Ensemble, Ensemble Voix Nouvelle, Ensemble 360, BBC Philharmoinc, The Hallé, Sinfonia Cymru, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, and concertos with Manchester Camerata, Dayton Philharmonic, and Royal Northern College of Music Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble.
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 Ohio State University, contributing to courses for Aldeburgh Young Musicians and National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, and long-term residencies at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Manchester Museum, and a central Manchester nursery. Working for organisations including Live Music Now, Peoplescape Theatre, Theatre in Prisons and Probation, and Music in Hospitals, Kathryn regularly devises and delivers performances and workshops in a wide variety of settings including care homes, museums, special-needs schools, prisons, and hospitals.
Kathryn earned a BMus, MMus, and International Artist Diploma from the Royal Northern College of Music and is currently studying for a PhD in Performance at Huddersfield University. Her current research, commissioning and performance project, Coming Up for Air, explores the creative possibilities that emerge when pieces are limited to one breath. Kathryn is also currently collaborating with composer Annie Hui-Hsin Hsieh in the development PIXERCISE, a new solo piece for piccolo and exercise which brings together musical performance, physical theatre, performance art, and sport.
Upcoming releases and performances include Oliver Coates Shelley’s on Zenn-La on RVNG International, Coming Up for Air on Huddersfield Contemporary Records/NMC, PIXERCISE at HCMF, and Coming Up for Air for the Kammer Klang series at Café Oto.