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BMus (Hons), MA, PhD
Richard hails from Aberystwyth, a coastal resort in West Wales. His initial experiences in music were through his primary school but mostly through the guidance of his peripatetic teacher Alan Phillips. During this period he became a member of the county youth orchestras, symphonic wind band and brass bands and this led to participation in both the National Youth Brass Bands of Wales and Great Britain. Following his move to the University of Huddersfield in 1996 he began tuition with Phillip McCann and participated in the University Brass band, later becoming the principal cornet in his final year. Richard completed his BMus(Hons) degree at the university in 1999 and at the conclusion of his final year he was awarded the Harry Mortimer Scholarship for his performance and contribution to the music department. He continued his academic studies at the University by enrolling on the Master of Arts postgraduate composition course where he was tutored by Patrick Standford and Professor Christopher Fox. He has composed several pieces of music for differing instrumentation, including for international recorder artist Jill Kemp, and had numerous arrangements both performed and published. In 1996/97 he became a member of the Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band, initially as a player and for some years as a participant on the band committee. He was part of the Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band that completed the hat trick of All England Masters, National Brass Band Championship of Great Britain and European Championships in 1998 and went on to win numerous other contests. Between 2002 and 2007 Richard completed a Doctor of Philosophy postgraduate degree at the University of Sheffield under the guidance of Professors Jonathan Stock and Stephanie Pitts. His topic for the doctorate was “Banding Together: Power, Identity and Interaction Within the Concert and Contest Performance Contexts of the Brighouse and Rastrick Brass band”. This topic delved into the psychology and social construction of the band through its performance practices. Richard has a substantial portfolio of teaching experience having been a successful visiting lecturer at both the universities of Huddersfield and Sheffield, a long distance tutor (whilst a postgraduate), and delivered modules on “Bands Around the World”. Today he is a lead brass tutor at the ACCENT Music Education Hub, teaching in primary, secondary and special education needs schools. In recent years he has been responsible for organising combined projects with the Fodens Brass Band and Halle Orchestra. He presently lives in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire and continues his interest in all types of music by participating in folk and jazz bands, collecting rare vinyl LPs, going to music festivals and annually performing with bands in Corfu, Greece.
34 Prospect Road, Longwood, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, HD3 4UZ