Richard Walker moved to Church Stretton in 2005, having spent his working life teaching music in schools – ending as Director of Music at Harrow School.
His involvement in music-making in the Strettons includes being one of the organists at Little Stretton Church, former Music Director of the Arts Festival, the organiser of the Saturday morning concerts at the Methodist Church, and also a presenter of music talks for U3A. He is Assistant Director of Music at St Chad’s Church, Shrewsbury, where he accompanies most of the major services and organises the 55 lunch-hour concerts each year. He performs regularly in piano duet concerts, conducts the Phoenix Singers of Shrewsbury and plays double bass in the Shrewsbury and Ludlow Orchestras.
Richard studied organ with David Willcocks, gaining both ARCO and FRCO diplomas in the same year, and both with prizes. He was Assistant Organist at St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral Edinburgh and subsequently Organist at St John’s, Princes Street, Edinburgh before moving back to England in 1980. Forthcoming recitals include Cartmel Priory, Bradford and Blackburn Cathedrals, St Mary Redcliffe, and the Marktkirche in Wiesbaden.
Walton, arr William McKie – Orb and Sceptre (Coronation March)
Bach – Two Chorale Preludes:
Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr Canto fermo in soprano, BWV 662
Trio, BWV 664
Liszt – Fantasia and Fugue on B.A.C.H.
Boëllmann – Prière à Notre Dame from Suite Gothique
Scott Joplin, arr E.Power Biggs – Cascades – a Rag,
Grainger, arr. W.Stockmeier – Handel in the Strand