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Richard Deering studied at Trinity College of Music with Frank Merrick (piano) – and trumpet/cornet with Norman Burgess. He has given piano recitals and broadcasts in over 90 countries worldwide, and has also made several commercial recordings – including an arrangement of the Beatles music as a piano concerto with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra. Many leading composers have written works especially for him, and in 1981 he was elected a member of the Royal Philharmonic Society for “distinguished services to British music”.

He has also played flugel horn with many brass bands, including the celebrated Cambridge Health Band when directed by Vic Handscombe.

His adjudicating and examining work has taken him throughout the British Isles as well as to Australasia, North America, Africa, Orient and Caribbean and he has served on the juries for several national and international competitions, often as Chairman of the Jury. Until 2002 he was the Vice-Chairman of the British and International Federation of Festivals’ Adjudicator’s Council as well as being a Federation Trustee, and he also held the position of Chief Assessor for the adjudicator’s qualification – PGCA – when validated by the University of Leeds, and was the co-writer of the adjudication criteria used by all Federation festivals and adjudicators. In 2012 he was elected a Fellow of the Federation of Festivals.

As a teacher Richard has held positions at the London College of Music and Middlesex University as well as visiting positions at Trinity College of Music, Trinity College Dublin, Christ’s College Cambridge University, Hong Kong’s Academy of Performing Arts and the State University of New York.

In his spare time he is busy as a cricket umpire both in England and overseas.

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