Kevin was born in Trebursye, Launceston, Cornwall on 7th October 1962 and began playing the Tenor Horn at the age of 6.
Throughout his teenage years Kevin enjoyed long spells with both the Cornwall Youth Band and the National Youth Band of Great Britain, as well as having much success in solos contests both locally and Nationally.
Kevin’s first solo Radio broadcast playing Watching the Wheat was at the age of 9 after winning the Children’s section of the BBC’s Midday Parade programme’s “Search for the Stars,” Kevin won again in the following year aged 10 and was broadcast playing W. A. Allison’s Iona, at the age of 17 Kevin made his first television appearance representing his school as soloist for BBC Television’s “The Music Quiz,” since then Kevin has appeared with such celebrities as Roy Castle and Harry Secombe.
Kevin has played under the baton of some of the great names of the Brass Band world, including Harry Mortimer, Edward Gregson, Roy Newsome, Professor Walter Hargreaves, Major Peter Parkes, Arthur Butterworth and Albert Chappell to name a few.
After living in the North West of England for many years, in 2004 Kevin moved back to his native Cornwall to take up the positions of Musical Director of the St Austell Youth Band, Senior Tutor to the St Austell School Of Brass and Percussion and Principal Euphonium with the St Austell Town Band.
At the beginning of 2007 Kevin temporarily took over as Resident Conductor with the Bodmin Town Band, and Musical Director with the Bodmin Junior Band.
Kevin’s composing career started in 1997 when with encouragement from Goff. Richards he had his Euphonium Solo “Cornish Sunset” published. Kevin’s music has been described as “very melodic” and audience friendly.”
Amongst Kevin’s works is the theme tune to BBC Radio’s “Sounds Of Brass” programme, and has been recorded by the world famous Black Dyke Band on their CD Essential Dyke Volume VI.
As well as continuing to compose, arrange and teach Brass and Percussion both privately and in schools, Kevin is working with the St. Minver Silver Band in the role of Musical Director as well as being asked to work with other bands in a professional capacity.
Programmes featuring Kevin Ackford
I've produced some content for it (Source) during the lockdown, and I train students to make radio and help them get involved in Source FM, one of my PhD researchers uses it for his work too. It's a really important resource that brings people together and helps us get more people able to make audio.Abigail W, Falmouth
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