Richard Ingham, our musical director, has had an extensive career as a performer, composer, conductor and educator. He has given solo saxophone recitals and chamber concerts throughout the UK and across the world.
He was a member of the Northern Saxophone Quartet for 26 years, and has also been a member of the Tribune Saxophone Octet, the Scottish Saxophone Ensemble and the Red Note Ensemble. He is a currently a member of Strangeness & Charm, Trio Verso, the Auricle Ensemble and Richard Ingham’s St Kilda Collective.
He has played by invitation at every World Saxophone Congress since 1985, and in 2012 brought the event to St Andrews, Scotland, only the 2nd time it has been held in the UK. He has worked with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hallé Orchestra, Opera North and at the Royal National Theatre.
Richard is a prolific composer whose works include Music for the Book of Deer, a twelve movement suite celebrating the astonishing 10th century portable gospel book from Aberdeenshire.
He has been teaching for 40 years, always alongside his performing and composing career. As a jazz educator he has coached many instrumentalists, including three recent winners of the Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year, and many of his students are now professionals themselves. He also presents a Youth Music Initiative programme in jazz education in Aberdeenshire primary schools and has conducted the Aberdeenshire Saxophone Orchestra throughout its 12-year existence.
His residential courses for adults have proved very popular for many years, and he currently directs courses at Gartmore House, and the York Wind Chamber Music Course (formerly Harrogate) alongside Margaret Douglass.