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"A young organ virtuoso of astonishing maturity"

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Westdeutsche Zeitung

" 'Marvellous' and 'stupendous' are two appropriate adjectives to describe the recital at the Cathedral on Friday Lunchtime"

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The Essex Organist

"Inspirational and truly encouraging"

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RCO Academy Summer School

"Richard Brasier offers flawless technique, crystal clear performances and unique, but informed interpretations"

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Rheinische Post

"The second recital of the day came from Richard Brasier, who opened with a remarkably convincing account of the first of Robert Schumann's Fugues on the name BACH - indeed so convincing was this that one wishes Schumann had essayed a major solo organ work"

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The Organ

"British organist Richard Brasier gave a fantasitc recital in the Riddagshäuser Orgelsommer. He showed stupendously safe tenchnique, very good articulation and phrasing, especially in Bach and beautiful agogic. The audience was enthusiastic"

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Hans Dieter Karras

Richard Brasier 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 his studies with Johannes Geffert at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz, Köln. Richard enjoys a busy international career as a soloist, chamber musician, accompanist, animateur and teacher. He has a reputation for producing "brilliant” and “inspiring" performances, and has established himself as "one of the most dynamic young organists of his generation".

 

Richard regularly performs throughout the UK and Europe in recital series’ and major international festivals. Recent highlights have included a private recital for members of the United Nations in the Bonn Leoninum; the Arnstadt Bach Festival; Église de la Madeleine, Paris; King's College, Cambridge; The Barbican; Église Sainte-Croix, Bordeaux; the Władysławowo International Organ Festival; the Halle International Orgelsommer; the Madeira Organ Festival; Tórshavn Cathedral; the Lüneburger Orgelsommer; Westminster Central Hall and Hauptkirche St Michaelis, Hamburg. 


In 2014, he gave the inaugural concert on the Klais organ of St Joseph, Bonn, performing Louis Vierne's Organ Symphonie no.1, alongside concertos by Poulenc and Rheinberger with the Kammerphilharmonie Europa. In 2016, he performed J.S.Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No.5 with members of the London Symphony and Philharmonia Orchestras, and in December of the same year, he gave the first perfomance outside of the UK of Charles Villiers Stanford's Concert Piece for Organ and Orchestra, Op.181 in Köln, Germany, under the baton of Basilika Kantor Vincent Heitzer, with the Basilikamusik Orchestra. His work has been broadcast on radio stations in Europe and the USA. In addition to his solo commitments, Richard has established an organ duo with Tom Bell. Their repertoire includes original compositions, arrangements, and specially commissioned works.

 

Since 2014, Richard has been an accredited teacher for the Royal College of Organists, and in 2017, he was appointed to the RCO's Academic Board. His teaching work has taken him across the UK; and to France, Germany, Italy and the Faroe Islands. He has also contributed educational videos on organ music from the classical period (C.P.E Bach, Krebs, Kittel and Rinck), and advanced pedalling for the RCO's new interactive platform, iRCO. He has also had article on approaching challenging repertoire published by Organists Review. Until recently, he was organ tutor at Sevenoaks School, where he oversaw the installation of a new teaching instrument by Gerhard Grenzing. 


In June 2016, Richard was appointed as President of the Essex Organists' Association, where his role includes developing awareness of the organ through educational outreach, and other platforms. In January 2017, the Association launched 'The Christopher Kingsley Memorial Fund for Organists'; a unique fund, which is open to organists of all ages, abilities and backgrounds. www.essexorganists.net

 

As an editor, Richard has had work published by Dr.J.Butz Musikverlag in Bonn, as part of their ‘English and American Organ Music’ series. His other recent work has included organ duo transcriptions of Gustav Holst's Scherzo from his Unfinished Symphony, and Edward Elgar's orchestral arrangement of J.S.Bach's Fantasia in c BWV 537.


Richard shows an active interest in organ building, and was awarded the Flentrop Scholarship by the Eric Thompson Trust in 2012, which enabled him to work closely, and develop building and maintenence techniques with Flentrop Orgelbouw in Zaandam. Notable projects during his time there included the construction and voicing of the Bach organ for St. Katharinen, Hamburg.


In September 2013, Richard was appointed as Director of Music at St Laurence Parish Church, Upminster, where his duties include playing for services, and maintaining the church’s fine choral tradition. In addition to his church duties, he has overseen the introduction of an organ scholarship, a popular series of lunchtime recitals, and an international series of recitals, which aim to showcase the churches fine Kenneth Tickell organ (2003). Richard's debut recording of the Tickell organ, featuring works by Byrd, Rogg, J.S.Bach, C.P.E.Bach, Schumann, Mendelssohn and Rinck, is due for release during 2017.

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   Performing at the Wender Organ of the Johann Sebastian Bach Kirche, Arnstadt (Bach Festival, 2013)


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