December 21 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Richard Dunster-Sigtermans is an organist, accompanist, conductor, educator and examiner, with interests in music ranging from plainsong to prog rock.
His first professional post as organist and choirmaster was at the age of 15; other appointments have included positions at The Queen’s Chapel of the Savoy and Bath Abbey, and he is now Director of Music of Rugby Parish Church.
Richard studied at the Royal College of Music and the universities of London and Birmingham and holds a PhD in the performance practice of British organ music. As a player and conductor he has performed throughout the British Isles (including broadcasts and competitions for BBC TV and radio) and in Austria, Canada, Germany, Holland, Ireland, Switzerland and the USA. Commercial recordings have ranged from solo performances to directing choirs for classical and pop CDs and film soundtracks.
He has 40 years of teaching experience, and was Director of Music at Rugby School until 2012; he now works freelance and for ABRSM – he examines for the practical, diplomas, jazz and theory panels, moderates practical examiners, and is ABRSM’s Chief Theory Moderator. He regularly examines overseas, with recent tours taking him to America, Hong Kong, India, Singapore and Sri Lanka.
When time permits Richard relaxes with his family (his wife Carlyn is a Nurse Practitioner and their son Oliver is a graduate in rock music from Leeds College of Music) and he pretends to be an engineer by building highly complex models out of Meccano – these models, in fact, rarely work, suggesting that the decision many years ago to forgo engineering for music was the right one.