Rex Richardson at the Festival of Brass


On the 31st January and 1st February 2009 the annual RNCM Festival of Brass will take place in Manchester featuring Yamaha artist Rex Richardson. Performing with Fodens Band and premiering ‘Apophenia for Trumpet and Band’ by Peter Meechan, this is certain to be a highlight of the weekend.

Rex Richardson has become one of the busiest crossover trumpet virtuosos on the international scene. Having built his reputation touring around the world with the critically-acclaimed Rhythm & Brass, the late jazz legend Joe Henderson’s Quintet, and the world famous Brass Band of Battle Creek, Richardson has become much in demand as a soloist. Since 2006 he has been a featured guest soloist at the National Trumpet Competition; the International Trumpet Guild Conference; the Masters International Brass Band Championships in Cambridge, U.K.; London’s Trinity College of Music Brass Festival; the Athens Brass Festival in Greece; the Melbourne International Festival of Brass and the Brisbane Stars of Brass Festival in Australia.

During his visit to the UK, Rex will be presenting masterclasses and performing at a number of different institutions as well as the his performance at the RNCM Festival of Brass. Taking in the Royal Academy of Music, Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Chetham’s School of Music, and the Birmingham Conservatoire, Rex Richardson’s workshops present an opportunity not to be missed.

Rex Richardson is Professor of Trumpet and Jazz Trumpet at Virginia Commonwealth University and Artist-in-Residence at London’s Trinity College of Music since 2006. Rex will be performing at the Royal Northern College of Music Festival of Brass on the 31st January 2009.

Rex Richardson appears at Chethams School of Music with Special Thanks to Peter Pollard and Yamaha Music UK.

About pollardtrumpets

With 46 years working in the music industry worldwide, his knowledge and experience stocks a comprehensive music store, the one stop shop for instrument advice, repairs, new and second-hand sales. Peter's apprenticeships with some of the world's leading craftsmen in Britain, the United States and Canada, have given him a thorough working knowledge of acoustical engineering and instrumental design creating a unique understanding of the instrumental needs of wind musicians. No longer will instrumental connoisseurs have to go to London when choosing and maintaining an instrument, when all their needs can be met in Manchester. A true Artisan, Peter has been fine tuning brass and woodwind instruments for musicians of the leading ensembles and institutions for many years, the Hallé, BBC Philharmonic, Royal Northern College of Music and Leeds College of Music and passing on his expertise in instrumental academy seminars in Scandinavia and Europe. A UK Brass specialist, Peter's skills have led to a growing demand for his custom range of brass design and parts, trumpets, flugels, cornets, bespoke lead pipes, bells, cork parts and mouthpieces. An exponent of 5 Star spa treatments for trumpets, a Pollard MOT involves deep freeze Cryogenic resonance restoration, ultrasonic cleaning, valve alignment and the application of his own patented valve oil 'Superfly' with a unique cleaning agent to ensure agile acrobatics when playing. 'Superfly' has now been licensed for distribution in the United States and Europe. Peter is the figure driving the sponsorship masterclasses and live music at Band on the Wall attracting stars such as Bobby Shew, Snake Davis, Ian Bousfield, Jigs Wigwam and Peter King, the Comedy Store, Liverpool's the Cavern Club and the Hallé, breath of fresh air for the region's live-music industry
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