Director of Music and the Blyth Centre
RICHARD DICKINS, described by Julian Lloyd Webber writing in the London Daily Telegraph as ‘…an excellent conductor’, studied conducting with the late Norman Del Mar and subsequently worked as Del Mar’s assistant on many occasions with orchestras such as the Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic and Bournemouth Symphony. Since then he has built an enviable reputation working with orchestras throughout the UK including the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, London Mozart Players and Ulster Orchestra.
Recent seasons have been particularly busy, with appearances in Finland, South Africa, Bahrain, Kenya and Guernsey as well as throughout the British Isles.
Much admired for his sympathetic rapport with concerto soloists, Richard has been fortunate to work with some of the UK’s finest musicians including Raphael Wallfisch, Noriko Ogawa, Charles Owen, Amy Dickson, Corina Belcea and Richard Watkins. He made his Italian conducting debut with performances of Walton’s Façade with the Lindsay Kemp Dance Company for La Scala at the Teatro Nuovo in Milan, following which he took the production on tour throughout Italy.
With a repertoire that stretches from the baroque to contemporary music Richard has given many first performances including works by John Woolrich, Timothy Salter, John Madden, William Mival and Peter Hope.
Richard Dickins is well known for his work with young musicians. He became conductor of the Symphony Orchestra at Imperial College London whilst still a student and was later appointed the College’s first Director of Music. A graduate of the Royal College of Music, he was, until recently, principal conductor at the RCM Junior Department.
For more than two decades Richard has been artistic director of the Minehead and Exmoor Festival – a week-long series of orchestral concerts in the West Country featuring well known soloists and with professional players drawn from all over the UK.
No stranger to the airwaves, Richard Dickins makes regular broadcasts on TV and radio. He has appeared on BBC TV and national and local radio, SABC in South Africa and Classic FM in South Africa and Kenya as well as Classic FM in the UK.
His CD of English music with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Raphael Wallfisch for Nimbus has received many plaudits in the music press, and the Holst Invocation included on the disc is described as the best version available.