Richard’s research work into the acoustics, testing and development of brass instruments has been widely publicised in the scientific literature and on TV and radio, and he has travelled in Europe, the United States and Japan, testing instruments with top professional symphonic and session players, and presenting papers at international conferences on acoustics and instrument design. These can be seen in our resource library.
Millennium Product Status
In 2000, Richard’s cornet ‘The Soloist’ was awarded Millennium Product Status by the U.K. Design Council, recognising its enduring place among the best of British design, creativity and innovation, as “a brass cornet with a unique system of interchangeable leadpipes, providing several instruments in one body that match changing playing conditions and genres.”
These awards were granted to only 1,000 British products and services, deemed to be challenging existing conventions and solving key problems in an environmentally and ethically sound manner, as judged by a panel of judges drawn from design, business, science and the arts.
Richard moved to North Yorkshire in 2005 and in 2010 celebrated, with Derek Watkins, 25 years of designing and building specialist brass instruments.