Photo used with permission of  SB Photography

Photo used with permission of SB Photography

About Richard

I started keyboard lessons at age 5 with the well-known and popular Addie Harper Jnr, and later took extra piano lessons from Ruth Ferguson. I have been teaching music for 10+ years, with 20+ years public performance experience. This includes many musical genres: from classical, to 60s rock, current pop chart songs, and traditional Scottish. I studied Gaelic Language and Culture at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, which gives me a deep appreciation for traditional Scottish music in particular. I also play and teach several other instruments in different instrument families.

I have been the musical director at the Wick Players since 2015, which requires a lot of musical arrangement, teaching, recording and performing. I play in several bands, including The Addie Harper Band, The North Coast Fiddlers and Doon Major, as well as providing some of the accompaniment at the Wick Accordion and Fiddle Club and the Caithness Music Festival. I tutor regularly for Fèis Ghallaibh, Fèis Chataibh, Fèis air an Oir and for Fèis Rois who send tutors to most of the primary schools in Caithness. I coach the young trad band Na Caileagan, who have recently become a popular choice for concerts and cèilidh dances.

With this range of experience, I am comfortable teaching pupils of all ages and abilities. I am able to give my pupils the opportunity to gain experience in public performance in a number of settings.