Director of Academic & Artistic Development
Kevin Field is truly a man of many talents. With over 25 years of experience & expertise spanning continents & garnering numerous awards & accolades along the way.
Kevin is an international conductor & was the Sub-Principal Percussionist with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, UK’s oldest & most established provincial professional orchestra.
Kevin was a student at London’s Royal Academy of Music when American conductor Andrew Litton appointed him to the BSO, with whom he toured USA twice, Europe on numerous occasions, recorded hundreds of CDs & performed more than 1,200 concerts over a nine-year period.
As drummer, percussionist, composer & conductor, Kevin’s performing pedigree covers rock, swing & orchestral music. Performing in big bands & orchestras since the age of 11, Kevin studied timpani & percussion at Birmingham School of Music. Here, as a first year student, he performed with City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra making his professional debut with Simon Rattle conducting, all before graduating from Royal Academy of Music with Honours.
On joining the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, he established ‘Kokoro’ – the contemporary music ensemble of the BSO.
Kevin later went to work with the Ballet Rambert, Saddlers Wells Royal Ballet, The Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre & the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
From 1999 to 2014 Kevin was Associate Conductor with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra where he worked with world-class soloists in a variety of jazz, contemporary and mainstream inspired projects. With the MPO, Kevin commissioned Malaysian composers Tazul Tajjudin, Sunetra Fernando, Muriz Che Rose, Adeline Wong & Jyotsna Prakash. He has premiered over 200 international works in Malaysia by living composers; accompanied music legends Siti Nurhaliza & Sheila Majid, formed both the Malaysian Philharmonic Youth Orchestra & MPO Forum for Malaysian Composers, winning many awards & accolades.
As a conductor, Kevin has directed the BBC Symphony & Australia Chamber Orchestra together with the MPO; National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, Opera North (UK), Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, West Australian, Melbourne & Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras.
He has worked with leading international artists, among them: jazz duo Chick Corea & Gary Burton; bandonian player Daniel Binelli; violinist Leonidas Kavakos; pianist Peter Donohoe; Kodo drummer Eitetsu Hayashi & Chinese opera specialist Shu-Cheen Yu.
Kevin believes in “quality music education for all”. It is this ethos that Kevin has been sharing with his students, through Bentley Music Academy, since 1999.
Kevin leads the orchestras at BMA as well as The Conductor’s Circle, Field’s Forum, individual teaching in orchestra percussion as well as classes in Music Appreciation, Composition and Orchestrations.