Kathryn Tickell took up the Northumbrian pipes at the age of nine and within four years had won all the Open Piping competitions. She has been a professional musician for nearly thirty years, touring nationally and internationally. She has released 14 albums. In 2009, she was presented with The Queen's Medal for Music, awarded to those deemed to have made an outstanding contribution to British music and in 2015 she was awarded the OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. Kathryn is a very experienced performer, both solo and with her band and is happy to perform at weddings and private events. Kathryn does not normally perform in traditional dress, but can wear the Northumbrian plaid if requested.