RICHARD BRAIN

CONDUCTOR

RSCM London Area Committee

Richard is also in demand as a workshop leader, and has led events including Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Choruses, Lift Up Your Heads: Exploring Handel's Messiah, and A Song For All Seas: Discovering A Sea Symphony. He also runs workshops on singing technique and intonation using repertoire from the Renaissance era.

Richard studied Choral Conducting under Patrick Russill and Cathal Garvey on the MA course at the Royal Academy of Music, where he was awarded the Irene Burcher Prize upon graduation  in 2013. He subsequently gained his LRAM in 2016.

Since February 2013, Richard has been Director of Music at Christ Church Southgate, home to north London's finest voluntary liturgical choir. Singing a large range of cathedral-standard repertoire, the choir is one of the few remaining in north London to sing two services every Sunday, including full BCP Choral Evensong. Richard has responsibility for the choral direction and vocal tuition of the 16 boy and girl choristers aged between 8 and 16, and the 25 strong adult mixed choir. He has led the choir to sing at some of the country's most beautiful and ancient places of worship such as Ely, Peterborough, St David's, Winchester and St Paul's Cathedrals, as well as Westminster Abbey. Richard also directed the choir for their first CD recording in ten years, The Heavenly Architect, released in early 2017.

Under Richard's direction the choir have expanded their repertoire to include liturgical works by the great English Renaissance masters as well as perform an exciting series of Baroque and Classical oratorios accompanied by the church's resident orchestra, the Bach Sinfonia, including Handel's Messiah, Handel's Ode for St Cecilia's Day, Haydn's Creation, and Vivaldi's Gloria. Richard has also conducted the choir for a performance of some of Handel's Chandos Anthems with Adrian Butterfield and players from the London Handel Orchestra.

In addition to his work at Christ Church Southgate, Richard is also the Education and Training Officer for the RSCM London Area Committee and Events Sub-Committee Chair. In this role he has organised events for the RSCM committee including a conducting Masterclass with Patrick Russill, a composers and arrangers workshop, and a joint singers and instrumentalists workshop day with Noël Tredinnick. Since 2015 he has co-directed the London Area's annual Young Voices Festival alongside Alison Fisher, bringing choristers from across the London diocesan to sing joint services together. He also coordinates arrangements for the biannual London Area Festival in St Paul's Cathedral under the direction of Andrew Carwood.

Director of Music Christ Church Southgate

Musical Director of Barnet and Bishop's Stortford Choral Societies, Richard is equally comfortable directing singers and instrumentalists on a large or small scale. He is also a guest conductor of the well respected St Albans based chamber choir Carillon, and directs his own occasional ensemble, Knightley Voices. He previously directed the de Merc Chamber Choir of Harlow, the Sine Nomine Singers of Hillingdon, and the Exeter University Gilbert and Sullivan Society. Richard has conducted orchestras including the London Mozart Players, Amadeus Orchestra, Bach Sinfonia, Bishop's Stortford Sinfonia, and Hertfordshire Philharmonia as well as the baroque period ensemble Musica Donum Dei.

Major works conducted include Bach Christmas Oratorio, Mass in B minor and St John Passion, Brahms Academic Festival Overture and Ein deutsches Requiem​, Elgar The Music Makers, Handel Dixit Dominus and Messiah, Mendelssohn Elijah, Mozart Requiem,  Poulenc Gloria, and Vaughan Williams A Sea Symphony. Richard is also passionate about the flexibility of a cappella singing and has conducted a number of extended unaccompanied works including Howells Take Him Earth for Cherishing, Martin Mass for Double Choir, and Vaughan Williams Mass in G Minor. Future programmed repertoire features Duruflé Requiem, Haydn The Seasons, Symth Mass in D, Vaughan Williams Dona Nobis Pacem and Walton Belshazzar's Feast, as well as performances with choir and orchestra of Parry's I Was Glad and Blest Pair of Sirens. Premiered works conducted include Jonathan Rathbone's new major concert commission, A Day at the Fair, with Barnet Choral Society in 2015.

Richard is the Vocal Coach for the Twyford Church of England Academies School Trust in West London. In this role he provides vocal coaching and choir training to support the Singing Strategy for the 2000 students of the Twyford Academies Trust, including delivering high-quality vocal sessions for children in Years 7 and 8.

​​​​​Conductor | Vocal Coach | Workshop Leader