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" '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 stupendous technique, very good articulation and phrasing, especially in Bach and beautiful agogic. The audience was enthusiastic"

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Hans Dieter Karras



Described as "an organ virtuoso of astonishing maturity" (West Deutsche Zeitung), and as one of the UK's "most dynamic and engaging 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 completed his studies with Johannes Geffert at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz, Köln, where he graduated with the highest honors.

 

Richard regularly performs throughout the UK and Europe in recital series’ and major international festivals. Recent solo projects have included complete performances of the organ works of C.P.E.Bach, Mozart, Mendelssohn and Schumann. Concerto highlights include the 2014 inauguration of the Johannes Klais organ of St Joseph, Bonn, where he performed concertos by Poulenc and Rheinberger with the Kammerphilharmonie Europa. In 2016, he performed J.S.Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No.5 on the harpsichord with members of the London Symphony and Philharmonia Orchestras, and in December of the same year, he gave the first performance outside of the UK of Charles Villiers Stanford's Concert Piece for Organ and Orchestra Op.181 in Köln, Germany. His work has been broadcast on radio and television stations in Europe and in 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 active as a teacher for the Royal College of Organists, and in 2017, he was appointed to the RCO's Academic Board. He leads masterclasses and study trips for students at home and abroad, and regularly teaches on residential courses for young organists. He has contributed educational videos on organ music from the classical period (C.P.E Bach, Krebs, Kittel and Rinck), and advanced pedaling for the RCO's interactive platform, iRCO. His students have earned scholarships to major universities, and have been appointed to prominent church positions across the UK.


Richard is increasingly in demand as a lecturer and public speaker. Recent topics have included 'The History of the English Organ and its Repertoire', The 18th century Chorale Prelude', and 'Martin Luther, The Reformation and Liturgical Music in Germany'. During 2017, Richard has founded with Tom Bell 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.

 

As a writer, Richard has had articles published in a number of magazines and journals, and as an editor, he has had work published by Dr.J.Butz Musikverlag, 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.

 

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', which is open to organists under the age of 25. www.essexorganists.net

 

Since 2013, Richard has served as Director of Music at St Laurence Parish Church, Upminster. In addition to his church duties, he has overseen the introduction of an organ scholarship, and a series of popular series of lunchtime recitals. Richard's debut recording of the church's Kenneth Tickell organ; featuring works by Byrd, Rogg, J.S.Bach, C.P.E.Bach, Schumann, Mendelssohn and Rinck, is due for release during 2018.

 


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


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