Event information

Spaces are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.


12.15pm (doors open at 12)


Lunchtime concerts take place in the House at Kettle’s Yard.


Image: Max McCleish, photo: Trevor Lee Photography


‘The journey of the Trombone’ with Max McCleish, from classical concert solos to the jazz era and contemporary works.

Accompaniment including Natalie Jobbins on piano, bass and percussion.

About Max McCleish

Born in Ilkley, Max McCleish moved to York in 2007. He has been playing music from an early age, starting the piano when he was five, the cello when he was six and the trombone at eight, studying with Ian Davies. He started playing in orchestras soon after, becoming principal trombone with the National Children’s Orchestra for five years from 2008, and was awarded a Leverhulme scholarship with them in 2011. Max has also played in the City of Leeds Youth Orchestra on cello for seven years, holding the joint-principal position in his final two years and playing the Dvorak Rondo in G minor with them on tour in the Czech Republic in 2016. Aside from classical playing Max has a passion for jazz, which he has been studying with Kevin Holbrough since 2014. His big band playing includes playing lead trombone in the York Youth Jazz Orchestra and deputy work with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra. In 2016 Max progressed to the category auditions of BBC Young Musician whilst also progressing to the top 20 in the respective jazz award, both on trombone. A lot of his musical influences have come from his time at St. Peter’s School in York where he was a music scholar. Here he had the opportunity to sing in St. Paul’s Cathedral, lead the big band to a platinum award at the National Schools Big Band finals in Manchester and perform Albrechtsperger’s Alto trombone concerto in York Minster. From October 2017 Max will be studying music at the University of Cambridge.

Important information for your visit

Due to conservation and security reasons, no bags, including handbags, or large coats are allowed in the House.

Please note that the House is not fully wheelchair accessible. Concerts are accessible for wheelchair users, if you would like to reserve a space for yourself and a carer please call us on 01223 748100. For further access information please visit our access page online or call 01223 748100.

There is a virtual tour of the House available online here.

Please note that there are no toilets in the House.

No food or drink are allowed in the House.

Visitors are invited to sit at the library table in the House at Kettle’s Yard and browse the books, however this is not a lending library.

Photography is encouraged but we ask that you do not use flash. Commercial photography and filming is not allowed unless advance permission is given. Please get in touch to enquire about permissions, 01223 748100, mail@kettlesyard.cam.ac.uk

We welcome artists but only pencils and pads/books size A3 or smaller can enter the House. No wet materials (including pens) or chalks are allowed.

Children who will be carried do not need a ticket. Please note that the House is not suitable for buggies.