Richard Michael BEM

Richard has had a long and illustrious career as a performer and educator, with a personal musical journey which encompasses playing in Scottish dance bands; training at the RSAMD as a classical pianist; church organist and choir director;  jazz musician and educator; and BBC Radio Scotland presenter, to name but a few!

His work has been recognised through multiple prestigious awards: Jazz Educator of the year in the 2009 All-Party Parliamentary Jazz Awards; the Bank of Scotland Herald Angel Award 2010 for his Edinburgh Fringe Show “The History of Jazz Piano”; both the Media (2012) and the Education Work (2013) award in the Scottish Jazz Awards;  the British Empire Medal for services to music education in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2012.

In the midst of it all, Richard remains one of the most down-to-earth, encouraging and humorous people you could ever meet.  The Herald sums this up in its review of his Fringe Show:  “Far too entertaining to be called a lecture-recital, it covers a lifetime’s research and fascination, mixing insight with anecdote and musical illustration with a sense of humour that keeps everything light and approachable without diluting the creativity, imagination and restless enquiry of jazz’s master musicians.”