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Acknowledged as 'one of Europe's finest young organists' (Rheinische Post), Richard Brasier enjoys a busy and far-reaching international career as a soloist, chamber musician, accompanist, animateur and teacher. Born in 1988 in Chelmsford, Essex, Richard is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he studied with David Titterington and Nicolas Kynaston. Aided by the Nicholas Danby Scholarship, he continued with Johannes Geffert at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz, Köln. Other important musical influences have included Anne Marsden Thomas and David Sanger.

 

As a concert organist he has performed widely across the UK and Europe in recital series and major international festivals on historic and modern instruments. Recent engagements have included appearances at the Bach Festival in Arnstadt, L'église de la Madeleine in Paris, the Madeira Organ Festival, the Johanniskirche in Lüneburg, the Hauptkirche St Michaelis in Hamburg, Adlington Hall, the Reid Concert Hall in Edinburgh, the Instituto Portoghese di Sant’Antonio in Rome, Christ Church Spitalfields, Vaduz Cathedral in Liechtenstein, and the Moscow State Conservatory. Upcoming performance projects include a complete survey of the known organ works of J.S Bach. As a concerto soloist, he has performed many of the major concerti, including the first performance outside the UK of Charles Villiers Stanford’s Concert Piece Op.181 for organ and orchestra. His work has been broadcast on radio, television and other platforms across Europe and the USA, and his debut recording of the Kenneth Tickell organ of St Laurence, Upminster, has been met with critical acclaim.

 

Since 2014, Richard has been active as a teacher for the Royal College of Organists. Richard leads masterclasses and study trips for students at home and abroad, and regularly teaches on residential courses for organists of all ages and abilities. He teaches organ scholars at the University of Cambridge on a freelance basis. Past students have earned scholarships to major universities, and have been appointed to prominent church positions around the UK. Richard was also recently invited to sit on the jury for the 3rd Russian Competition for Young Organists, which took place at the Vidnoye Music School in Moscow.

 

Richard shows a firm commitment to encouraging future generations of organists. With Tom Bell and the education team at Leicester Cathedral, he has helped to found and develop a nationwide interactive education initiative entitled ‘Stops Away!’. Aimed primarily at school children, this project is tailored to inspire young people to learn more about the pipe organ. Occasional articles for magazines and journals complete Richard's education portfolio.

 

Between 2016 and 2018, Richard held the post of President of the Essex Organists' Association, and since 2013, has served as Director of Music at the Parish Church of St Laurence, Upminster. Richard's Bach series will be in aid of the church’s project to rebuild part of the east end of the building. Richard is also a trustee of the Alexandra Palace Organ Appeal.