Royal Commendation from H.M. Queen Elizabeth II for solo performances on piano at Buckingham Palace investiture ceremonies
Cousins memorial silver medal at RMSM Kneller Hall
Graduate of the Royal Academy of Music and London University with many Trumpet & Piano prizes
Royal Academy of Music Club prize
Fellowship of Trinity College of Music in Trumpet Performance
Personal Commendation from Dr. George Carey, Archbishop of Canterbury for leadership and musical talent in the Lambeth Brass Ensemble at the 1998 Lambeth Conference.
"He is a talented Trumpet player and equally gifted keyboard performer with an attractive and varied repertoire on both instruments"
Lt. Col. Trevor Sharpe LVO OBE LRAM ARCM
Kevin Kay-Bradley was born in the Yorkshire Dales market town of Skipton and began piano at 5 and performing in concerts at 10.
Starting cornet at 12, with Arthur Butterworth MBE at Barnoldswick West Craven School, he quickly progressed by the age of 16 to record the original 'Dad's Army' TV Theme music with HM Coldstream Guards Band under Trevor Sharpe OBE and to win the coveted RMSM Kneller Hall 'Cousins Silver Memorial Medal' whilst, simultaneously, also winning the 'runner-up award' for the 'Cassel's Worshipful Company of Musicians Cup'. At this time Kneller Hall consisted of a record 246 military band music students.
This was followed by a 6-year hectic worldwide performance schedule including national, international, State and Royal Ceremonial band performances and tours across the USA / CANADA / EUROPE as well as numerous TV / radio broadcasts and recordings on trumpet, piano, organ and double bass!
He played in the Kneller Hall Fanfare Trumpet team events at the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall and at the Investiture of Prince Charles and at the Wedding of HRH Princess Royal at Westminster Abbey. Kevin also regularly gave solo piano performances for HM The Queen at Buckingham Palace and other Royal residences for her private functions/ parties for which he received the Queen's Commendation.
Kevin has also been a brass tutor for over 10 years at Canterbury Christchurch University, Kent, UK. He often performs in Canterbury Cathedral for orchestral, choral and chamber concerts, University Graduation Services, and with his own 10-piece ‘Lambeth Brass Ensemble' for the Lambeth Conference.
Kevin also plays freelance trumpet and flugel horn with various London orchestras, West End shows and with the famous Fodens Brass Band.
He also regularly gives trumpet and piano recitals across London and the South of England playing the classical and jazz repertoire.
He has played piano, organ, trumpet and a range of specialised instruments in just about every location. This includes performances at many Royal occasions, on T.V., Radio, at the Royal Albert Hall with the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and at numerous other concerts with Symphony Orchestras, Military Bands, Brass Bands and Jazz ensembles.
Following his extensive and enjoyable musical experiences in a wide variety of musical genres and styles Kevin decided to devote his future life to passing on his passion for live music through teaching. He then spent four years at the Royal Academy of Music on trumpet, piano accompaniment, organ, conducting and composition, often playing 1st trumpet in Simon Rattle's memorable Mahler Symphony performances in the Duke's Hall.
This was followed by a year at the London University 'Institute of Education'.
Kevin then taught with the Kent Music School as a brass peripatetic teacher for 8 years and formed / directed a Concert Wind Band, Brass Band and a Jazz Band which Kevin developed, along with Digby Fairweather, to became the Kent County Jazz Orchestra.
He also tutored on all Kent County 'Orchestral Wind Band Holiday Courses' (with Jeffery Vaughan Martin and Alan Vincent) often as Senior Instrumental Tutor. These courses culminated in the winning of the 1984 National 'Music for Youth' Band Prize at the Festival Hall.
Since beginning his teaching career over 35 years ago as Assistant Director of Music & Bandmaster at Giggleswick School, Yorkshire, and adjudicator for trumpet students at Huddersfield University, Kevin continues to maintain his infectious enthusiasm and inspiration as a teacher, Head of Music, flugel horn soloist with Medway Brass Band, jazz and classical recitalist and as conductor of bands and choirs in a variety of large state and independent schools.
Kevin was included in the 'International Who's Who in Music' in his late twenties, was awarded a Fellowship at Trinity College and has several Brass Band published compositions to his name.