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BA (Hons), LRSM
Quoted at the Black Dyke Brass Arts Festival, the internationally acclaimed maestro Elgar Howarth described Richard as "the most outstanding cornet player this country has ever produced". Richard is currently principal cornet player of the world famous Black Dyke Band, a position that is heralded as the "hottest seat in banding". Previously principal cornet for ten years with the Grimethorpe Colliery Band, Richard fulfilled his childhood ambition and followed in the footsteps of some of his cornet heroes and moved to the Queensbury based band in January 2006. As a respected and devoted teacher, Richard is a cornet tutor at the Royal Northern College of Music, Birmingham Conservatoire and is a visiting tutor of cornet at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. He is also a regular cornet tutor for the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain, National Children's Brass Band of Great Britain, Yorkshire Youth Brass Band and the International Brass Band Summer School. Richard has released to date three solo recordings. The Debutante (1999), Blaze (2005) and Eminence (2007), all of which have been received with world-wide acclaim, with the latter two recordings being awarded the title of Solo CD of the Year by 4barsrest.com, British Bandsman and Brass Band World Magazines. As a performer Richard has travelled to Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Hong Kong, Canada, America and several European countries. He has performed in many iconic concert venues such as Sydney Opera House and New York's Carnegie Hall. Richard is a dedicated musician, whose sensational performances continue to thrill audiences world-wide.
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