RICHARD ELLIS HAWLEY

I come from a family background rich in musical history and this inspired me to begin playing the piano at the age of eight. By the age of sixteen I was working as a church organist; I am a self taught musician and am heavily involved in brass and organ works.

As a Pianist, Organist and Keyboard Player, I am now a leading wedding and event musician performing across County Durham, playing in churches and other venues. I have also played in Liverpool at the Hundred and Seventy- five Years of Cunard event (2015) at the Atlantic Thistle Hotel. My Great Grandfather made the organ pipes at the Hillbark Hotel in the Wirral many years ago and I have been privileged to play upon this organ for a wedding.

I have a wide range of musical styles including Classical, Easy Listening, Jazz and Pop. Regular wedding and funeral venues include St Paul's Evenwood and St Mary's Cockfield.

As well as being a traditional wedding organist, I organise events in the local village where I take my portable digital Keyboard for example a 1940s night and small events in the church including a choral evensong with the local Rectory Chorale. I am currently organising a series of summer organ recitals with the last performer launching the organ onto the international stage! During the week I give lessons to both children and mature adults on piano and Tuba.

For over thirty years I have been involved in many brass bands internationally in New Zealand, County Durham and beyond; I am currently a member of the Lanchester Brass Band playing the Euphonium and Tuba.

I am currently studying at Bishop Auckland College for an HND in Music. My ambitions for the future are to continue to branch out and develop my personal style and to explore new horizons.