Academic Board

Mr. Richard Adams
Head of the Music of Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts Singapore

John Howard

Richard studied trumpet at Birmingham School of Music where he won several competitions and prizes. In 1985 he was awarded the Silver Medal of the Worshipful Company of Musicians and was made an Honorary Member of Birmingham Conservatoire in July 1998 (Hon BC).

He was the founder (in 1981) of the Cambrian Brass Quintet and performed with them throughout Britain, France, Germany, Canada, Spain, Austria, Iceland, Finland, Thailand, Qatar, Jordan and Thailand.  In January 1988 the Quintet made their formal London debut at the Purcell Room. The CBQ has also released several recordings and broadcast on BBC Radio, as well as Sudwestfunk and Finnish TV.  Richard made his final performance with the ensemble in Thailand at the Ayutthaya International Culture Festival 2000.

From 1984 to 1996 Richard worked as a professional trumpeter and was also in demand as a brass teacher and conductor.  During this period, he performed regularly with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and English Symphony Orchestra and also played regularly for the Royal Shakespeare Company.  His recording work ranged from BBC Radio plays to an album with the pop group Erasure.  Even now, Richard can be heard twice a day playing in the signature tune to the BBC Radio 4 soap “The Archers”.

His varied and colourful conducting career includes work with ensembles as diverse as the English Serenata, Desford Colliery Band and Bangkok Symphony Orchestra.

In 1996 Richard became Head of Woodwind, Brass & Percussion at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama - a post he held until August 2000, when he left the UK to accept an invitation to become Head of Music at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts a post he still holds today.

Richard has made Singapore his home (becoming a Permanent Resident in 2007) and he actively supports all areas of the local music scene.  He has been a frequent adjudicator for Singapore Youth Festival since 1999 and has given masterclasses and workshops for many schools, institutions and bands throughout the country.  He also has played occasionally with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and worked as guest conductor with several community and school bands.

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