Over the years Richard has been hugely dedicated to helping Jude progress on the piano. He is currently at grade 6.
Richard is also always happy to accompany Jude on Violin for his grade exams which gives Jude greater confidence. He recently achieved a distinction (140) in Grade 7 violin and I’m sure that was massively helped by Richard’s great piano playing and guidance during practice.
He is always a patient, kind and inspiring teacher who delivers criticism very constructively. He is meticulous in how he teaches, ensuring Jude doesn’t run before he can walk or pick up bad habits. He is usually always on time and often generously stays beyond his allotted 45 mins if needed.
The rapport between Richard and Jude is great. I often hear them laughing, rapping and exchanging ideas and musical references. Lessons have been going every week during term time for many years now so it’s been really consistent. Richard is really friendly, personable and always polite. Moreover, he is a talented and intelligent musician.
We have loved having him as Jude’s piano teacher and consider him a friend (Richard has joined us for concerts or dinner from time to time). He also composes which Jude’s father does for a living so this ties in with a broader interest Jude and Richard share.
Richard is a big part of Jude’s success so far as musician so we’d like to thank him for all his help over the years.