Toby Kearney

Principal Percussion & Timpani

Born in Birmingham, Toby grew up in Shrewsbury and learnt the violin for 2 years before realising the drums were much cooler!

Toby won the percussion section of the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition in 2006 and went on to study at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and the Royal College of Music in London. While still a student Toby gave many recitals as a soloist and with his percussion duo across the country, including at Wigmore Hall. He gave the UK premieres of Stockhausen’s Lucifer’s Dance at the Royal Festival Hall, Michael Jarrell’s Assonances VII for the BBC Proms and Avner Dorman’s double percussion concerto at the Bridgewater Hall.

For the past few years, Toby has freelanced in London playing regularly with the Britten Sinfonia, BBC Symphony and Concert Orchestras, LPO, LSO, London Sinfonietta and the CBSO.

Outside of orchestral playing, Toby enjoys playing folk music and has recorded albums with singers Emily Portman, Fay Hield and MG Boulter. In his free time he likes hiking and attending real ale festivals.