Richard Jeffries is a highly experienced music practitioner, who specialises in choral and vocal work, as well as classroom music. He also composes and arranges music for choirs. He is known for his infectious enthusiasm, and an underlying belief that everyone should experience the joy of music. Working with children, young people and adults of all ages, his passion is evident, bringing a memorable music experience to all, whatever their ability. He works regularly with a team of music directors, accompanists and teachers.
Richard is in high demand as a vocal animateur, directing many vibrant choirs, leading workshops and also as a classroom music specialist. He has conducted choirs of up to 200 singers in venues such as Symphony Hall, Bridgewater Hall, Warwick Arts Centre, the Royal Northern School of Music, Lichfield Cathedral, Adrian Boult Hall, Elgar Hall, Birmingham Town Hall and Sutton Coldfield Town Hall. He leads regular 'Sing Out' workshops in Derbyshire, and has been a regular on the adjudicator panel for vocal and instrumental competitions at Staffordshire Music Hub.
Richard is Artistic Director of Singing Community of Choirs (SC Choirs) and part of the team of conductors which vocally trains over 200 people of all ages every week from across Sutton Coldfield and the surrounding areas. These choirs are fast becoming know nationally and internationally, coming 3rd place at Llangollen International Eisteddfod in 2013, 2014 and 2015 - as well as winning the Manchester Amateur Choral Competition in 2015. This organisation also works closely with local schools and in the wider community, too.
Richard believes that music is an essential part of children's development, having a huge impact on the way their brain develops, helping them learn in all areas of the school curriculum. It also is a huge life-line to adults too - and a great way to make friends. Part of his mission is to demonstrate the power of music to as many people as possible!
In September 2020, Richard and colleague Chris Hall sent up a new daytime choir series called 'Take Note'. These are non-auditioned and are aimed at developing musicianship and vocal technique through a fun, informal approach. Currently online, these choirs will move 'in person' later in 2021.
Richard also delivers one-off workshops to choirs and schools, as well as offering training for teachers and other conductors. If you're hoping to develop your musical skills in whatever capacity, you have come to the right place!