“Richard Tanner endowed this very authentic reading [of Handel’s Messiah in Manoel Theatre with] all his attention and very obvious affection. He elicited the best from all the forces under his command, vocal and instrumental." (The Times of Malta)

“These atmospheric and sympathetic readings stand as a testament to an imaginative music programme being run by Richard Tanner” (Choir and Organ) 

“Greatly enjoyable.”  (Gramophone)

"Richard Tanner is an exceptionally energetic and entrepreneurial musician. He has the ability to inspire and to encourage in a way that produces amazing results. He is immensely gifted as a choir trainer and orchestral director". (Canon Chris Chivers) read more

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Richard Tanner is an organist and choral director who specialised in the training of boys' voices for 22 years. He has extensive experience working with professional and amateur musicians as well as in the recording industry, as artistic director of a concert series and in the fields of education, outreach and fundraising.

Since 2000 he has been a musical director and organist for BBC Radio 4's Daily Service, working regularly with the professional BBC Daily Service Singers. He has also worked as music advisor, vocal coach and accompanist to the BBC Radio 2 Young Choristers of the Year competition since 2015. In addition, Richard has a busy schedule, both in the UK and further afield, conducting choirs and orchestras, leading choral workshops and giving organ recitals.

A former chorister of St Paul's Cathedral, he was Organist and Director of Music at Blackburn Cathedral between 1998 and 2011. He then spent eighteen months as Director of Chapel Music at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London, having responsibility for the music in the Old Royal Naval College Chapel in Greenwich.

He is currently Director of Music at Rugby School, one of the UK's most prestigious and historic Public Schools, where he leads a team of fifty professional musicians.

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Jubilate (2017) by Simon Johnson. Rugby School Choir, Bliss Sinfonia Brass, Neil Taylor (organist), directed by Richard Tanner