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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. Richard has since established a reputation as 'one of Europe's finest young organists'.


As a concert organist and concerto soloist, he has performed throughout the UK and Europe in recital series and major international festivals on historic and modern instruments. Recent performances on organ and harpsichord have included collaborations with members of the London Symphony and Philharmonia Orchestras, and the Beethovenhalle Orchestra. In December 2016, he gave the first performance outside the UK of Charles Villiers Stanford's Concert Piece for Organ and Orchestra Op.181 in Köln. His work has been broadcast on radio, television and other platforms across Europe and the USA. In addition to his solo work, 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 organists of all ages and abilities. His students have earned scholarships to major universities, and have been appointed to prominent church positions around the UK. As a lecturer, he has recently addressed students at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, and members of the Edinburgh Society of Organists on topics relating to Martin Luther's Reformation, and the History of the English organ. Additionally, 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. Richard ocasionally writes for magazines and journals, and as an editor, he has had work published by Dr.J.Butz Musikverlag.


In June 2016, Richard was appointed as President of the Essex Organists' Association, where his role includes helping to develop awareness of the organ through educational outreach. The annual organ competition provides an opportunity for organists to perform across three categories in a friendly and constructive environment. In January 2017, the Association launched 'The Christopher Kingsley Memorial Fund for Organists', which is open to organists in Essex who are under the age of 25.

 

Since 2013, Richard has served as Director of Music at The Parish Church of St Laurence, Upminster. In addition to his church duties, he has overseen the introduction of an organ scholarship, and a 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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