Richard Tanner was a chorister of St Paul’s Cathedral, where the choirmaster was Barry Rose. At St Paul’s he was also influenced by organists Christopher Dearnley, John Scott (who gave him his first organ lessons), Andrew Lucas, Simon Lole and Roger Sayer.

As a music scholar at Radley College he studied with Robert Gower and in his final year he became an organ student of David Sanger, with whom he studied for the next ten years.

After a year studying on the Royal Academy of Music’s Church Music Course, directed by Patrick Russill, he went to Oxford University where he read for a degree in music and was Organ Scholar of Exeter College, having responsibility for a Chapel Choir of men and boys. At Exeter College he persuaded the college to commission a new organ by JW Walker in the French Romantic style, appointing David Sanger as consultant to the project.

Following his studies at Oxford, Richard spent a year as Organ Scholar at The Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Alban, working with Barry Rose and Andrew Parnell.


MA (Oxon)




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