Katharine Kent (Co-founder)

Katharine Kent studied music for five years in Oxford after leaving school.  She has a long term and ongoing involvement with the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, and was one of the initial trustees of Youth Music when it was launched 10 years ago. Katharine also has a passionate interest in Aldeburgh Music in Suffolk and the extraordinary legacy and enterprise left there by Benjamin Britten.

Having taught music at a primary school in East Hull for 13 years, Katharine saw first-hand how low parental expectations, financial instability and limited guidance combined with lack of opportunities for the musically gifted child in state education meant that countless young people were missing out on a career in music. Something had to be done! Consequently Future Talent was founded by Katharine and the charity’s Chairman Nicholas Robinson in 2004.