Toby Kearney

Principal Percussion & Timpani

Toby is Principal Percussion and Timpani of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Head of Percussion at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, regularly plays as Principal Percussion of Britten Sinfonia and is half of the renowned percussion duo ‘O Duo’.

Since winning the percussion section of the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition in 2006 Toby has had a hugely varied career. His concerto performances include James Macmillan’s Veni, Veni Emmanuel, Stockhausen’s Lucifer’s Tanz, Matthew Sergeant’s Percussion Concerto and Avner Dorman’s double percussion concerto Spices, Perfumes, Toxins!

Since graduating from the RNCM and RCM, Toby has gone on to play with many UK orchestras including the London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Concert and Symphony Orchestras, the Halle, the John Wilson Orchestra and the Philharmonia Orchestra.

Toby regularly coaches the percussion section of the National Children’s Orchestra, the National Youth Orchestra, the National Youth Percussion Orchestra and the Ulster Youth Orchestra. He has also played drum and percussion for some of the top UK folk singers including Emily Portman, Martin Simpson, Fay Hield and MG Boulter.