Richard Thomas

Richard studied at the University of Wales, the Royal Academy of Music and the Schola Cantorum, Switzerland. As part of his Master of Arts degree, Richard undertook research into the William Shaw Silver State Trumpets housed in the Jewel House, at the Tower of London.

Richard’s interest in the performance practice of historical brass instruments (including the natural trumpet, keyed bugle, slide trumpet and cornett) has enabled him to work with The Wallace Collection, the English Baroque Soloists, The King’s Consort, Florilegium, the Academy of Ancient Music, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Dufay Collective, Ex Cathedra, the New London Consort, the Gabrieli Consort, Opera North, English Touring Opera, Norwegian Opera, the Early Opera Company, Alamire, London Pro Arte Baroque, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Counterpoint, Musiciens de Louvre – Grenoble and has performed at the BBC Proms and made numerous commercial recordings. Maintaining his modern trumpet playing Richard is also performs regularly with the Belmont Ensemble at St Martins in the Fields.

Richard has been a regular performer at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London and can be heard on the film sound tracks for Shrek III, The Golden Age and Bedtime Stories.

Richard is a founder member and director the acclaimed sackbut and cornett ensemble, QuintEssential, teaches cornett at Trinity College of Music and the Birmingham Conservatoire - he is also a novice allotment holder!