Sowerby Music’s new season starts with a bang

Toby Kearney who is playing for Sowerby Music at St Oswald's Church.
Toby Kearney who is playing for Sowerby Music at St Oswald's Church.

Sowerby Music’s new year season is set to open literally with a bang at 3pm this Sunday afternoon in St Oswald’s Church.

Toby Kearney was a recent winner of the percussion section of the BBC Young Musician of the Year and went on to perform James Macmillan’s Veni, Veni Emmanuel with the Northern Sinfonia and Yan Pascal Tortellier.

Since then Toby has performed across the UK as a solo percussionist and in collaboration with many other artists. Toby studied at the Royal Northern College of Music and then at the Royal College of Music where he was a Leverhulme Orchestral Mentor.

Over the last three years Toby has performed in prestigious venues such as the Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, Bridgewater Hall and on tour in the Middle East.

As a chamber musician he has also collaborated with Janine Jansen, Lawrence Power, Karine Georgian and also with Oscar winning actor John Malkovich.

As an orchestral percussionist Toby plays with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Opera North, the Hallé, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Britten Sinfonia, the Northern Sinfonia and the John Wilson Orchestra.

He is Sowerby Music’s Countess of Munster Trust performer for this year and as well as bringing a van full of kit, he brings a lively and entertaining programme suitable for all ages.

Tickets costing £9 in advance are available from White Rose Books in Thirsk, from Peter Rush on 01845 518001 or via the website

At the door tickets will be £10.