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Musical Director

Richard Knight has a varied musical life as a teacher, examiner, composer, writer and player. He has been Director of Music of Dean Close School, Cheltenham and at Millfield, and now teaches at Bromsgrove School. He is Chief Examiner for A’ level Music, and was author of the current specification, and also examines for ABRSM, including internationally. Richard has written over a dozen textbooks for Rhinegold Education, including a new Study Guide for A' level Music which was published earlier this year. He was also co-author of 'A Teacher's Guide to World Music'.

As a composer, he has written a wide range of works including the oratorio The Crown of Life (2000), and many other choral pieces for church choirs. His carol 'Come, rock his cradle' was recorded by Tenebrae on their 2016 album 'A very English Christmas', and Ex Cathedra have performed another Christmas piece called 'The God of Peace and Love'. He has also written lots of chamber music, including a String Quartet for the L’vov Music Festival, Ukraine, Five Dance Trios for clarinet, viola and piano, and A Sextet for flute, clarinet, violin, viola, cello and piano. In recent years, Richard has been composing opera – his first All to Play for was previewed in 2012 at the Tète â Tète Opera Festival, and the second, The Invited, was premiered in St. Paul’s Covent Garden in November 2013 and reprised at the Arcola Theatre, London, in 2015. Flat Pack – a micro opera about a building a flat pack piece of furniture was a popular piece at the 2014 Tète â Tète Opera Festival. Richard has focused on writing piano music in the past year; his Six Songs without Words was performed in March, and he is halfway through writing a set of 24 Preludes.

Richard first conducted oratorios whilst at Oxford University. Highlights have included St. Matthew Passion and Rachmaninov’s The Bells whilst at Dean Close School, and The Dream of Gerontius in Wells Cathedral with John Mitchinson as Gerontius. In November 2011 he had the privilege of conducting Elijah with Malvern Festival Chorus, and subsequently became Musical Director in September 2014, a role he is enjoying enormously. Away from music, Richard’s main interests are the inland waterways and South America.