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BA (Hons) MA PGCE
Benjamin Richeton hails from Gray, near Dijon in France. He started playing the piano at the age of 7 and picked up the cornet two years later under the tuition of Pierre-Marie Budelot. He quickly joined the local band, Brass Band Sagona – this was the starting point for Benjamin's ever-growing passion for brass music. In 2007 Benjamin was appointed principal cornet of the European Youth Brass Band that took place in Birmingham and moved to the soprano cornet seat for the following two years in Norway and Belgium. He has also been principal trumpet of the National Youth Wind Orchestra of France as well as guest soprano cornet with the National Youth Brass Band of Switzerland. At the age of 18 Benjamin earned his French professional diploma in trumpet performance and went on to study at the University of Salford under the tuition of Howard Evans, Peter Graham, David King and the late Roy Newsome. He graduated in 2010 with First-class Honours and received the University's Harry Mortimer Performance Prize, Roy Newsome Conducting Prize and Anne Welsh Memorial Ensemble Prize. The same year Benjamin became a finalist of the BBC Radio 2 Young Brass Soloist Competition. In 2015 he went back to the University of Salford to complete a master's degree in music performance. After spells at Grimethorpe Colliery, YBS (now Hammonds Saltaire) and Fairey bands, Benjamin became Black Dyke's soprano cornet player in 2013. He was part of the band making a historic ‘Triple’ in 2014–15, by winning the British Open, the National Championships of Great Britain and the European Championships consecutively. Benjamin has also enjoyed a regular association with the Stavanger Brass Band, Norway, and various tours to Europe, Japan and America. Aside from performing he enjoys teaching all ages and standards at Wigan Music Service and the University of Salford.