Director of Music – Richard Brain

General Publicity and Web 2Richard Brain has been Director of Music at Christ Church Southgate since February 2013. During this time, he has led the choir to sing at some of the UK’s finest cathedrals and abbeys. Under Richard’s direction the choir have expanded their repertoire to include liturgical works by the great Renaissance masters as well as perform an exciting series of Baroque and Classical oratorios. His responsibilities include directing and training the choir of adults and children for all sung services and concerts, as well as overseeing the administration of the music department.

As a freelance conductor, Richard’s extensive portfolio includes Musical Director of Barnet Choral Society, and Bishop’s Stortford Choral Society, with whom he performs a regular concert series throughout the year, and has conducted orchestras including the Amadeus Orchestra and Hertfordshire Philharmonia, as well as the Baroque ensemble Musica Donum Dei. More recently Richard has been appointed as the Vocal Coach for the Twyford Church of England Academies Trust. Since January 2014 Richard has also been the Education and Training Officer for the RSCM London Area Committee, where one of his major responsibilities is co-directing the annual RSCM London Area Area Young Voices Festival.

Notable works conducted include, Bach Mass in B Minor, Christmas Oratorio and St John Passion, Beethoven Mass in C and Fantasia in C for Piano, Chorus and Orchestra, Brahms Academic Festival Overture and Ein deutsches Requiem, Elgar The Music Makers, Handel Dixit Dominus and Messiah, Haydn Creation, Mendelssohn Elijah, Mozart Requiem, and Vaughan Williams A Sea Symphony.

Richard studied Choral Conducting on the renowned MA Course at the Royal Academy of Music where he was awarded the Irene Burcher Prize in 2013. Previously, Richard was a Choral Scholar in Gloucester and then Exeter Cathedral Choirs, before singing as a Lay Clerk in St Albans Cathedral. As a singer in these choirs, Richard broadcast on BBC Radio 3, sang in the Three Choirs Festival, and recorded for the Naxos and Priory labels.

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