The Dr K. Sextet is a contemporary music ensemble that was founded in 2009 by a group of new Master students at the Royal College of Music in London. Formed during a chance conversation on a boat cruise in Freshers’ Week by musicians with a shared love of new music, Dr K. has evolved into a close-knit, successful and well-regarded ensemble that performs regularly around the country. Highlights have included a memorable trip to Zimbabwe at the invitation of the HIFA Festival, regular appearances as ensemble in residence for the Cheltenham Music Festival Composer Academy and performances celebrating Reich’s 80th birthday at various festivals, most recently for York Late Music and Roman River Music. We will soon tour the country with a programme that tells stories and folk tales from across Europe, Asia and America.
Dr K. has explored multiple instrumental additions to the core sextet line-up and has welcomed many different performers over the years. I am proud to be Dr K.’s only surviving founder member, and I now act as artistic director and manager for the group as well as ensemble pianist – a role that takes considerable time and patience but is always worth it in the end! I am so pleased to have seen Dr K. evolve over the years and really hope that we will continue to showcase new composers and introduce new audiences to exciting contemporary music for many years to come.