Richard Birchall (cello) and Alexander Dichmont (piano) at Westbourne House School

An evening of beautiful music featuring works by Tchaikovsky, Fauré, Brahms and Schumann, performed by Philharmonia Orchestra cellist, Richard Birchall.

Tchaikovsky – Pezzo Capriccioso
Fauré – Elegie
Brahms – Sonata in E minor
Schumann – Adagio and Allegro

A wonderful opportunity to hear a solo recital given by Philharmonia Orchestra cellist Richard Birchall, accompanied by Alexander Dichmont on piano. All proceeds will go to the Westbourne House Chapel Choir Tour Fund.

Richard Birchall read Music at Cambridge University and studied as a postgraduate cellist at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, under Louise Hopkins.

Richard pursues a varied and colourful career as cellist, composer, arranger and orchestrator. As no. 3 cello in the Philharmonia Orchestra he performs regularly in the great concert halls of the world; he has also appeared as Guest Principal cello with the Phiharmonia, Royal Opera House, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, English National Opera, English Chamber Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia and Irish Chamber Orchestra, and as concertmaster of the London Cello Orchestra. Richard’s solo and chamber work has ranged from Wigmore Hall to the catwalk at London Fashion Week. He was a founder member of cello octet Cellophony and is cellist of the Minerva Piano Trio.

Richard’s arrangements and compositions have been performed at the BBC Proms, Royal Festival Hall, Wigmore Hall, The Purcell Room, The Sage Gateshead and throughout the UK, and have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, Classic FM and French and German national radio. Recent works include a Clarinet Concerto for Michael Collins (released on the BIS label); Conundra for cello and harp; and an Oboe Sonata for the Philharmonia’s Principal Oboe, Timothy Rundle. As an arranger Richard has been commissioned by the Philharmonia, the London Cello Orchestra, the Doric and Tippett quartets, Trio Klein, violist Lawrence Power and many others.

Richard has served as Deputy Chairman of the Philharmonia and on the Artistic Committee of the Park Lane Group, and is currently a Lecturer in Music at the University of West London. Biography — Richard Birchall.

Alexander Dichmont was born in Cape Town and after studying with Lamar Crowson and Shirley Gie graduated with distinction from the University there in 1981. Whilst at UCT, Alex performed regularly as part of a two-piano duo, and with Lamar Crowson performed the world premiere of Roelof Temmingh’s “Music for Two Pianos”, which was broadcast live on national radio. Following an outstanding result in his Licentiate diploma on the piano, a scholarship from the Associated Board brought him to England, enabling him to continue his studies on both piano and organ at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. In 1984 he was awarded a Masters Degree in performance and two years later gained the Professional Performance Diploma with merit.

A pupil of Dame Gillian Weir and Nicolas Kynaston, Alex won first prize in the 5th South African Organ Festival Competition in 1985, and later that year won third prize and the Audience Prize at the prestigious St Albans International Organ Competition. A Fellow of the Royal College of Organists, he has given many organ recitals in the UK, Canada, Germany, South Africa and Switzerland, specialising in the music of the German Baroque and twentieth century France. As a choral conductor, Alex has worked with the Bournemouth Bach Choir, the Rilstone Singers and the Rogate Choral Society. He founded the Shopwyke Singers in 1994.

Since 1991 he has been the Director of Music at Westbourne House School, where he leads a flourishing music department, and for the past few years he has held the post of Organist and Choirmaster at Boxgrove Priory.

Tickets £15 (children £5) available in advance from or 01243 770756, see poster.

Event Details
  • Start Date
    February 2, 2024 7:00 pm
  • End Date
    February 2, 2024 9:00 pm
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