NEWS

4 march 2024

Organ recital, Sherborne Abbey, Robert Marsh  to include:

In memoriam (Music for Organ Vol. 1); Paraphrase on Rockingham (Music for Organ Vol. 1)                                                                  

11 february 2024

Sung Eucharist at The Abbey Church of Our Lord, Our Lady and St. Germain, Selby, Yorks 10am                                 Ian Seddon: March in C (Music for Organ Vol. 2)

8 february 2024

Organ recital, Chester Cathedral 1.10pm Philip Rushforth:                                                                                            Sonata for Organ (world premiere);                                                                                                                                      Music for Organ Vol. 2March in F, Elegy, Caledonian March, Pastorale in F, Preludio burlesco, March in C.              Gloria, laus et honor: Toccata for Organ.

30 January 2023

Richard adjudicates House Music Competition for Dean Close Preparatory School, Cheltenham.

17 december 2023

Away in a Manger (SATB) was performed at the service of Nine Lessons and Carols, Ledbury Church Choir, St Michael and All Angels Church, Ledbury, Herefordshire, UK.

O Little Town of Bethlehem (unison) was performed at the Worcester Cathedral Carol Service by Worcester Cathedral Voluntary Choir directed by Nicholas Freestone.

20 november 2023

Adagio and Scherzo for solo viola was given its premiere by Philip Heyman in All Saints Church, Penarth, UK

18 november 2023

Epilogue for organ (which will be included in the forthcoming Music for Organ Vol. 3) will be given its premiere by Nicholas Freestone in Worcester Cathedral at 6.45pm.  Worcestershire Organists’ Association.

26 october 2023

Abigail’s Jig  for clarinet, bassoon and piano was performed in Redlands College, Brisbane, Australia.

22 october 2023

Richard played  Intrada (Music for Organ Vol. 1) and Ad Astra (which will be included in the forthcoming Music for Organ Vol. 3). St Leonard’s Church, Beauchamp Community, Newland, Malvern.

17 october 2023

Abigail’s Jig  for clarinet, bassoon and piano was performed in Redlands College, Brisbane, Australia.

30 september 2023

A performance of Tristan’s March for Brass Band was given by the Ratby Mid Cooperative Band, directed by Nicholas Garman, in Elim Church, Harrow Road, Leicester UK.

24 september 2023

A first performance of Tristan’s March for Brass Band was given by the Ratby Mid Cooperative Band, directed by Nicholas Garman, in Hollycroft Park, Hinkley, Leicestershire UK.

22 september 2023

Richard gave an organ recital on the Gray organ (1795) in St. Swithun’s Church, Worcester at 1.10pm.  He played Intrada (Music for Organ Vol. 1) and included the premiere of Ad Astra which will be included in the forthcoming Music for Organ Vol. 3.

17 September 2023

Richard performed Intrada (Music for Organ Vol.1) during Choral Evensong in St Michael and All Angels, Ledbury UK

13 september 2023

Richard’s two recent CDs are signed up by Toccata Classics:

(1) Choral Music – Sacred and Secular (release: December 2023)

(2) Brass and Organ Music from Chester Cathedral (release: Spring 2024)

 

27 august 2023

Abigail’s Jig  for flute, clarinet and piano was given a private performance by Synergy Trio in Santa Ana, California USA.

23 july 2023

Richard performed Intrada (Music for Organ Vol. 1), March in C (Music for Organ Vol. 2) and Acclamation (premiere from the forthcoming Music for Organ Vol.3)) on Dedication Sunday during the High Mass to celebrate the Dedication of the Church and Almshouses – the vision of Frederick, 6th Earl Beauchamp (Madresfield Court) at St Leonard’s Church, Beauchamp Community, Newland, Malvern.

16 july 2023

Richard performed March in C  (Music for Organ Vol.2) , and Intrada (Music for Organ Vol.1) at St Leonard’s Church, Beauchamp Community, Newland, Malvern during the service of Thanksgiving and Remembrance for the Ligon Family and Kinsmen Association xxxiii.  This service was followed by High Mass, which included March in F (Music for Organ Vol.2).

11 july 2023

Synergy Trio  – Cynthia Ellis (flute), David Chang (clarinet), Jung-A Lee (piano) gave the first performance of Abigail’s Jig for flute, clarinet and piano at 12.00 noon in Laguna Hills Community Center, ‘Heritage Room’, 25555 Alton Parkway, Laguna Hills, California CA 92653.

7 july 2023

A suite taken from Music for Organ Vol. 1Intrada, In memoriam, Paraphrase on Rockingham and Recessional March in G  was performed in St. George’s Church, Jesmond, Tyne & Wear by Robert Marsh.

14 MAY 2023

Recessional March in G (Music for Organ Vol.1)  was performed in St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Newport Beach, California.  Dr. Jung-A Lee.

1 may 2023

A suite taken from Music for Organ Vol. 1Intrada, In memoriam, Paraphrase on Rockingham and Recessional March in G  was performed in Christ Church, Skipton, Yorkshire by Robert Marsh.

26 march 2023

Paraphrase on Rockingham (Music for Organ Vol. 1) was performed in Christ Church, Skipton, Yorkshire by Robert Marsh.

22 march 2023

Paraphrase on ‘Rockingham’ (Music for Organ Vol. 1) will be performed in St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Newport Beach, California by Dr. Jung-A Lee.

8 january 2023

O Magnum Mysterium  received its premiere at the Worcester Cathedral Epiphany Carol Service at 6.30pm.  Worcester Cathedral choir, conductor Samuel Hudson (D/M)

3 december 2022

Folk Song Suite for Concert Band was given its premiere by the Goring and Streatley Concert Band (conductor Andrew McBirnie) at the Advent Concert, 7.30pm at St. Thomas’s Church, Goring-on Thames.

2-3 & 19 December 2022

Richard examined for LCME in Dudley and Howell’s School, Cardiff.

19 november 2022

In memoriam (Music for Organ Vol. 1) was performed in Worcester Cathedral by Nicholas Freestone (Assistant D/M). Worcestershire Organists’ Association Concert.

17 november 2022

The recording of…a plague o’ your houses  was completed in Wymondham Abbey, Norfolk UK.  Poet George Szirtes narrated his Five Baroque Plague Sonnets (for His Highness), overdubbing the instrumental track which was previously recorded 25 – 28 July.

30 october 2022

In memoriam (Music for Organ Vol. 1)  was performed by the composer at St. Leonard’s Church, Newland, Worcs. UK (Chapel of the Beauchamp Community.

12 october 2022

Organ recital in St. Hilda’s Church by Robert Marsh, including Intrada, In memoriam, Paraphrase on ‘Rockingham’ and Recessional March in G (Music for Organ Vol. 1).

10 october 2022

In memoriam (Music for Organ Vol. 1) was performed by Robert Marsh in Reigate Parish Church, Chart Lane, Reigate, Surrey

15 september 2022

Organ recital in Chester Cathedral by Philip Rushforth (Chester), comprising March in F, Elegy, Caledonian March, Pastorale in F, Preludio burlesco, March in C (Music for Organ Vol. 2); Toccata for organ: ‘Gloria, laus et honor’. 1.10pm

NB: POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE FOLLOWING THE DEATH OF QUEEN ELIZABETH II 

(Elegy & Pastorale were played as music for reflection, whilst the cathedral was open for people to pay their respects.)

11 september 2022

In memoriam (Music for Organ Vol. 1) was performed by the composer at St Michael and All Angels Church, Ledbury, Hertfordshire UK, during the signing of the book of condolences for Queen Elizabeth II.

22 - 26 august 2022

Recording of Organ and Brass CD album in Chester Cathedral.  Producer: Ates Orga: Recording Engineer: Ken Blair (BMP Sound Recording Co. Ltd)

Music for Organ Vol. 1: Intrada, In memoriam, March in D, Paraphrase on ‘Rockingham’, Passacaglia brevis, Intermezzo and Recessional March in G.

Music for Organ Vol. 2: March in F, Elegy, Caledonian March, Pastorale in F, Preludio burlesco and March in C.

Toccata: ‘Gloria, laus et honor’

…the festal trumpet sounds: Voluntary in Bb, Thornbury Elaboration and Hyfrodol Elaboration

…mov’d with concord of sweet sounds (brass septet), Partita for brass (brass quintet), Little Suite No. 2 for 2 trumpets and Little Suite No, 3 for 3 trumpets

Organists: Philip Rushforth (Chester), Robert Marsh (Skipton). Solo trumpet: John Jermy, invited brass

25 - 28 july 2022

Recording of Choral CD album in St. Augustine’s Church, Kilburn.  Producer: Ates Orga: Recording Engineer: Ken Blair (BMP Sound Recording Co. Ltd)

Hodie Christus natus est, O magnum mysterium, Lord make us instruments of thy peace, Away in a manger,                All was for an apple, There was sweet music, Herrick’s Carol, Prayer and Supplication, Letters Home,                          The Holly and the Ivy, The Jackdaw of Rheims, The Wind Among the Reeds, Another Island, …a plague o’ your houses

Accordare Choir directed by Karolina Csathy. Pianist: Dominika Mak, Timpanist: Adrian Bending, Percussionist: Donna Maria Landowski, Oriole String Quartet

25 june - 18 july 2022

Richard examined for LCME in Oswestry; New College Worcester; Kenilworth; Stratford-upon-Avon; Arts Centre, Telford; Shirley, Birmingham and Chetham’s School, Manchester.

17 April 2022

Intrada and Recessional March in G (both from Music for Organ Vol. 1) were performed by Robert Marsh (organ) at the Easter Sunday service in Christ Church, Skipton, Yorkshire, UK. 

27 march 2022

Paraphrase on Rockingham (Music for Organ Vol. 1) was performed by Dr. Jung-A Lee at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Newport Beach, C.A.

26 March 2022

Paraphrase on Rockingham (Music for Organ Vol. 1) was performed by Dr. Jung-A Lee at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Costa Mesa, CA 

16 september 2021

Richard was elected a Fellow of the Guild of Musicians and Singers.

16 June 2021

Richard’s CD, Through the Void(Quartz QTZ 2142) was released, featuring Bassoon Sonata, Counting the Beats, Abigail’s Jig and eight other pieces. For more information, please visit Quartz Music.

14 JUNE 2021

Lockdown captivity allowed time for editing 65 pieces from Richard’s back catalogue, all of which are now published by UMP.

17 april 2021

Richard is invited to adjudicate for the William Walton Piano Composition Exam on behalf of Ann Tsai, Director of Ann Ensemble, Taiwan.

28 March 2021

Paraphrase on Rockingham (Music for Organ Vol. 1) was performed by Robert Marsh at Christ Church, Skipton, Yorks, UK.

14 june 2020

Richard became a house composer with UMP (United Music Publishing). 

7 - 31 october 2019

Richard examined for LCME at Pallazzo de la Salle, the Malta Society of Arts in Valletta, Malta. on 22 October he presented Diplomas to the successful 2018 candidates at the Graduation Ceremony in the Concert Hall. On 12 October Richard performed on the organ of St Paul’s pro-cathedral; works included his Intrada, March in D (both from Music for Organ Vol. 1) and March in F (Music for Organ Vol. 2).

14 - 15 SEPTEMBER 2019

13 of Richard’s shorter works were recorded for a CD (Quartz Label QTZ 2142) at The Wathen Hall, St Paul’s School, Barnes, London. Project manager & Producer was Ates Orga and the Recording Engineer was Dave Rowell. Performers included Emilie Capulet and Prof Francis Pott (pianos), Rachel Smith (flute), Hollie-Anne Bangham (mezzo-soprano), Claire Lees (soprano), Liv Watts and Elizabeth Trigg (bassoons).

12 june - 5 july 2019

Richard examined for LCME in Ecole Ruban Vert, Libreville, Gabon;  Edinburgh and Gretna, Scotland;  and UWL, London.

19 April 2019

Paraphrase on Rockingham (Music for Organ Vol. 1) was performed by Hugo Agius Muscat at St Paul’s Pro-Cathedral, Valletta, Malta.

31 march - 3 april 2019

Richard was an online adjudicator for the fifth International Young Talent Competition, Istanbul, Turkey. This is a music competition to promote and support music education for non-conservatory students.

25 march - 10 april 2019

Richard examined for LCME and trained an examiner in Birmingham, Lincoln, Nottingham and RAF (Northolt).

24 november - 14 december 2018

Richard examined, moderated and trained examiners for LCME at Chetham’s School, Manchester; the Albemarle Centre, Hull;  Teesside High School, Eaglescliffe; the Sage Centre, Gateshead; and the University of West London, Ealing.