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Organ Tuition


Richard is sought after as an organ tutor and examiner across the UK and Europe, offering masterclasses, individual tuition, study trips, performance coaching and workshops. He is an accredited teacher for the Royal College of Organists, and also teaches organ students at the University of Cambridge. He previously spent three years as visting organ tutor at Sevenoaks School, and occasionally teaches students at the junior department of the Royal Academy of Music. Past students have earned scholarships to major universites, have been appointed to prominent church positions around the UK, and have also achieved competition success.


Richard has appeared as a guest tutor on courses run by the RCO Academy, Oundle for Organists and the RSCM, and has also sat on audition panels and competition jurys. In 2017, he was appointed to the Academic Board of the Royal College of Organists, for whom he has also examined, and composed written guidance concerning the preparation of exams. Richard offers his time to the RCO's mentor scheme, offering guidance on sustaining a career as an organist. He has also contributed educational videos on advanced pedalling, and organ music of the Classical period, for the RCO's online platform, iRCO.


If you are interested in studying with Richard, or booking him for a masterclass or workshop, please enquire via the contact page.


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Teaching the Sonata by Julius Reubke on the Friederich Ladegast organ of Merseburg Cathedral, Germany.

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Leading students in the singing of plainchant during an informal performance of François Couperin's 'Messe pour les Couvents' in Poitier Catheral, France.

During a masterclass for students at the Gnessin Academy of Music in Moscow, Russia.

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Lecture recital at Christ Church, Spitalfields, featuring the 1735 organ by Richard Bridge.

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Talking about a wooden organ pipe to camera inside the organ of the De Montfort Hall, Leicester, during a Stops Away! event.


Lecture Recitals


Richard offers lecture recitals on a wide variety of subjects. He has recently been engaged to speak about 'The 18th century chorale prelude' (RCO Summer School), 'The history of the English organ and its repertoire' (Faroe Islands and The Edinburgh Society of Organists), 'Martin Luther, the Reformation, and liturgical music in Germany' (St Laurence Parish Church, Upminster, on the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, and The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire) 'J.S. Bach's Clavierübung III' with complete performance (St Laurence Parish Church, Upminster), The music of Joseph Rheinberger and Max Reger (RCO Summer School) and 'Music for organ and mechanical instruments during the Classical period (Christ Church, Spitalfields)


If you would like to discuss a theme for a lecture recital, or would like to view a sample transcript from a previous lecture recital, please enquire via the contact page.

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Stops Away!


In collaboration with Leicester Cathedral and Tom Bell, Richard has helped to found and develop Stops Away!, a nationwide interactive organ event aimed at introducing school children to the pipe organ. Using Camille Saint-Saëns 'Carnival of the Animals' as the focal point, portable camera technology, a song about the pipe organ set to a famous tune, and creative poetry and artwork provided by the school children, Richard and Tom take their audience on a comprehensive tour of the pipe organ, inside and out. In order to prepare the children for the event, and advance package of information is sent to schools. This includes a short youtube video, which can be viewed here: 


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJdJsELbbvU


A selection of testimonials from staff at All Saints School, Sapcote and Sharnford...


"Nearly all of our children showed a real interest in the music ‘The Carnival of the Animals’. Their enthusiasm for the music surpassed my expectations, they loved closing their eyes and guessing which animals were being portrayed."


"The children really enjoyed creating the artwork and poetry based on ‘The Carnival of the Animals’. It is always a great motivator to know that some of their work may be selected for an audience to see and many of our pieces were shown or read out which was fantastic for them."


"Many thanks, a super quality event both in the lead up and on the actual day."


And pupils...


"It was exciting to see the organ and it was cool how they played all of the keyboards at once and how they did it with their feet." 


"I liked listening to the organ and when he went into the organ and showed us all the pipes... I liked 'The Aquarium' and how it sounded like water trickling down into the sea."

"I liked the music, the fast ones and when the man went into the organ and spoke about all the tubes and some were wood and some were metal."


For more information on this popular event, please contact Richard via the contact page.