St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Richard Allum - piano

Friday, 24 October at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection


      Italian Concerto, BWV 971

         i Without tempo mark

         ii Andante

         iii Presto



         i Andante con moto

         ii Un poco piu mosso

         iii Lento placido



      Deux Arabesques

         Andantino con moto;

         Allegretto scherzando

Richard Allum read Music at Durham University, where he was Organ Scholar at University College. He studied piano with Colin Molyneux and later with Barry Maleham and Terence Allbright. Richard was introduced to the organ by Christopher Gower at Peterborough Cathedral, going on to study with Stephen Barber. He is a Licentiate of Trinity College London, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and the Royal Schools of Music.

Richard has performed throughout the UK and in Europe and had success in a number of competitions. He was an organ student at the Oundle International Festival, winning two prizes, and a Finalist in the European Piano Teachers' Association Piano Competition for three years running, winning 1st prize in 2008. This led to him being awarded a scholarship to study at the Birmingham International Piano Academy with John Lill, Peter Donohoe and Piers Lane. He has also participated in masterclasses with Noriko Ogawa, Murray Maclachlan, Steven Osborne and Andras Schiff.

Richard is much in demand as an accompanist, enjoying a number of exciting partnerships with leading singers and instrumentalists. He was a headline artist at the 2008 Peterborough Festival, and a year later made his concerto debut in Durham Cathedral playing Mozart. His London debut came soon after, along with performances in Rome and Paris and a recording for BBC Radio 3 at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester. Richard has given numerous recitals for The Leprosy Mission, a charity with which he has a close association.

Richard teaches piano and theory, and is currently Assistant Director of Music at Westbourne House School in West Sussex.