Sheila Richards gained an honours degree in music at Lancaster University, where she initially studied recorder with Edward Cowie. Her studies in recorder playing continued privately with Christopher Ball and later, at Trinity College of Music, with Philip Thorby. During this time she was awarded performance diplomas from London College of Music and Trinity College of Music - in addition to a Fellowship in Music Education from the latter.
For over twenty years she worked as a freelance recorder teacher and ran a successful teaching practice in and around SE London & Kent. Until recently, she also directed two adult recorder ensembles in London.
Although she relocated to Newark on Trent in 2006, she continues to play with (and conduct) the London Recorder Orchestra. She has been a regular member of the recorder chamber orchestra, Recorders Incorporated, since it was formed in 2007 and is also a member of the recently formed group, Tutti Flutti.
Sheila is a keen arranger of music and in 2002 launched the highly successful Willobie Press, which publishes some of her work. The Willobie Press catalogue contains nearly 150 arrangements and original compositions for recorder ensembles of all sizes - including recorder orchestra.
As a member of the Society of Recorder Players, Sheila is regularly invited to conduct SRP branches across the UK and several of her arrangements reflect these invitations. Whenever possible she tries to attend her 'local' branches in both South London and Lincoln...
Sheila currently directs the Lincoln Music Workshop Recorder Group - a small ensemble of adult players who meet regularly in North Hykeham and also give occasional performances in and around Lincoln. She also continues to teach the recorder privately in the Newark/Lincoln area and welcomes enquiries from recorder players of all ages and levels of experience.
If you would like further information about recorder lessons or workshop coaching, please contact Sheila Richards for further details.
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