Queen's Medal awarded to pipes player
It's a brave teenager who after picking the pipes up at age nine doesn't move on to pop and rock but dedicates herself to traditional folk music but that's what Tickell did and now she is to be awarded the Queen's Medal for Music.
At thirteen Tickell had released her first album 'On Kielderside' an album of traditional Northumbrian tunes. She soon extended her range and that of the pipes themselves by starting to compose her own music with the album Borderlands, and she in many ways saved the Northumbrian Small Pipes from extinction with her albums and particularly her live tours that have taken her all over the globe.
Tickell has moved the pipes and English folk music from the fringes and pub back rooms (where you can still occasionally find her if you're lucky) into the mainstream becoming the first traditional folk musician to be featured at The Last Night of the Proms and playing with many stars from many genres including Penguin Café Orchestra, The Chieftains, Beth Nielsen-Chapman, Jimmy Nail, Linda Thompson, Alan Parsons, and Andy Sheppard
Tickell also plays the violin but it is the Northumbrian pipes and the traditional tunes from Northumbria where she grew up that frame her repertoire and make her contribution to British and world music so important.
A globally acclaimed folk artist from Northumberland is to be given a prestigious music award.
Kathryn Tickell, who plays the Northumbrian pipes and violin, is to be awarded the Queen's Medal for Music.
The annual award, approved by the Queen, is presented to musicians judged to have had a major influence on the musical life of the nation.
The 41-year-old will be presented with the Medal in a private audience with the Queen later this year.