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The Bob Harding Bursary holder for the 2017-2018 season is Richard Miller.
Richard Miller is a London-based composer, conductor and arranger. A graduate of the Royal College of Music, he is now studying towards a Masters’ degree there, generously supported by the RVW Trust, the Saint Marylebone Educational Foundation and the Countess of Munster Musical Trust. His tutors include Kenneth Hesketh, Howard Williams, Peter Stark and Simon Holt. He has attended the composers’ courses at the St Magnus Festival and the Dartington International Summer School (funded by both Help Musicians UK and the Boltini Trust), working with composers such as Sally Beamish, Colin Matthews and Sir Peter Maxwell Davies. At the former, his choral piece was workshopped by the BBC Singers, and he has since had an orchestral piece workshopped by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Earlier this year, he made his compositional debut at London’s Cadogan Hall.
He is the most recent recipient of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic’s Christopher Brooks Composition Prize in association with the Rushworth Foundation. As part of the year-long residency, he received a cash prize of £1,000 and has been commissioned to write a new work for the RLPS’ contemporary music ensemble, Ensemble 10/10, which will be premiered in October 2017 under the baton of Clark Rundell. In the run-up to that, he has access to a bespoke programme of workshops, masterclasses and mentoring sessions from visiting artists and industry professionals associated with the RLPS. His travel costs between Liverpool and London have been generously funded by Help Musicians UK.
Richard is a sought-after choral and orchestral conductor. He is the current holder of the Havant Symphony Orchestra’s Bob Harding Bursary and holds the permanent positions of Director of Music at St Michael’s Church, Camden Town and Music Director of the King of Herts Chorus in Harpenden. He has previously served as Principal Conductor of the RCM Students' Film Orchestra and served as Musical Director for the world premiere of The Infinite Bridge, a multi-disciplinary theatre show, in the Britten Theatre of London, working with live musicians in London, Copenhagen and Helsinki. As a guest conductor, he has worked with the London City Orchestra, the Esterházy Chamber Choir in Lewes, the Crendon Chamber Orchestra and the Aylesbury Symphony Orchestra. He has assisted conductors including Ben Palmer, Peter Stark, Martin Andre and John Wilson.
As an arranger and orchestrator, his music has been performed by the St Cecilia Ensemble, the RCM Students’ Film Orchestra and the RCM Symphony Orchestra. In February, his orchestration of Ein Ständchen by Albert, Prince Consort was premiered at Buckingham Palace in the presence of HRH the Prince of Wales, performed by soprano Louise Alder and the renowned conductor John Wilson.
For more information, see Richard’s website richardmillermusic.co.uk.