Kevin Kay-Bradley

Kevin was born in Skipton and brought up in Barnoldswick and attended West Craven High School where he played in the school band under Barry Davidson and head of Music Kathleen Astin. 
He started playing the piano aged 5 and trumpet aged 12 under his tutor Arthur Butterworth.
Over the years between 1962 and 1968 he played with Earby Prize Brass. At 16 years of age, Kevin enlisted into the Coldstream Guards under the Director of Music Trevor Sharp. With them he was involved in national and international Royal and State engagements including the trumpet fanfare at the Investiture of Prince Charles as Prince of Wales.
In tours and events undertaken by the band he performed regularly on the cornet, trumpet, piano and double bass. Kevin received a Queen’s commendation for solo piano performances at the Investiture Ceremonies at Buckingham Palace and won the coveted Cousin’s Memorial Silver Medal whilst at the Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall.
He then graduated from the Royal Academy of Music and University of London gaining several prizes and diplomas. He was awarded a Trinity College of Music Fellowship in trumpet playing and RAM Club Prize. He has played piano and trumpet solos in Radio Orchestral Concerts and has performed on television.
He recorded the Dad’s Army signature tune.


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