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Richard Davis


Richard Davis regularly conducts orchestras, such as Queensland Symphony Orchestra and BBC Philharmonic, in concerts, recordings, radio broadcasts and on television. He has also directed operas and requiem masses with the BBC Singers and has just been invited to make his debut with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

Recently, in the Royal Albert Hall (London), Richard conducted BBC Philharmonic on television at the UK Proms:

‘Launching in with vibrancy and accuracy...conductor Richard Davis, virtually dancing on his podium, as he navigated his crew through yearning lines and briskly syncopated rhythms...his magnificently disciplined orchestra...superlative execution...rousing.’ Bachtrack

He is known for his wide-ranging repertoire, allowing him to conduct projects across many genres – from television soundtracks and Family Concerts to recording avant-garde world premieres and performing the symphonies of Shostakovich and Mahler.

‘...the BBC Philharmonic, expertly conducted by Richard Davis.’

Richard is also in great demand, conducting the top professional orchestras, at major rock events – online, on television and on national radio – with chart-topping groups such as The 1975 and Clean Bandit. The former recently won the BBC Music Award for ‘Best Live Performance of 2016’ and the latter was subsequently made into a Warner Music CD and DVD – New Eyes (special edition) that stayed in the top 40 UK Album Charts for months.

Recent conducting collaborations have also included working with Oscar-winning and ‘Gravity’ composer Steve Price, on a WW1 tribute for BBC television shown every year, across the BBC network, on Remembrance Day.

‘Davis conducts with agility and verve’ Otago Daily Times

In 2010, Richard stepped into an indisposed conductor’s shoes and conducted the BBC Philharmonic with only a few hours’ notice. The live broadcasted concert resulted in praise from the press – being described as
‘an exemplary conductor’ in Ariel magazine – letters of admiration from listeners along with much additional conducting work.

‘Davis conducted a bracing overture...[he] inhabited the notes and arrangements with considerable panache...always sensitive to the vocalists... suggested rehearsal time well spent.’ Classical Source

Richard’s book: Becoming an Orchestral Musician – A Guide for Aspiring Professionals, sells world-wide and has been described as ‘an unbeatable-value master class’ (Classical Music Magazine) containing ‘Brilliance and honesty on every page’ (Pan Magazine) covering a ‘down- to-earth, informative introduction to life as a professional musician’ (Daily Telegraph).

Richard is also known as a flute player – having played as principal flute with BBC Philharmonic for over thirty years. He premiered flute concertos by Bernstein and Maxwell-Davies, recorded and performed solo recitals many times on national and international broadcasts, won 1st prize in international solo competitions and taught at the Royal Northern College of Music, in Manchester, for 25 years.