Richard Dewland is a graduate from the Birmingham Conservatoire and now works as a freelance musician in Hampshire.
He started playing the organ at the age of 16, having lessons with Tony Pinel at St Mary Redcliffe in Bristol. In 1994 he began a four year course of organ study with David Saint at the Birmingham Conservatoire, culminating in a first class Bachelor’s Degree and a Masters.
While at Birmingham he visited and played a number of historically famous organs in Paris, Holland and Hamburg and participated in organ master classes with celebrities such as Adrian Partington, Douglas Hollick, Piet Kee and Dame Gillian Weir. He was Organ Scholar to David Bruce-Payne at St George’s Edgbaston for three years and, prior to that, at St Paul’s Hockley.
After 14 years in secondary music education, Richard now works as a freelance organist, pianist, choral conductor, vocal coach and composer. He is Musical Director for the Lee Choral Society and the church choirs of Sacred Heart Fareham and Blessed Mary Upham. He teaches organ at St. John’s College Southsea, gives private vocal tuition and works as an accompanist; recent engagements have included Fareham Philharmonic choir rehearsals, Cathedral Evensong services, and piano accompaniment for students taking music exams.
Richard is also a flautist, he sings tenor, and often appears at the Handel Organ of Holy Trinity church, Gosport. Last year, 2013, was particularly busy and saw the publication of his new book of approved Mass settings for the Roman Catholic Church (the “Dewland Sacred Heart Collection”). Finally, December 2013 saw his appointment as official accompanist to the Portsmouth Military Wives Choir and January 2014 marked the beginning of his engagement with the Universe Media group as a regular presenter on Universe Catholic Radio.