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Richard Peirson – Piano

Richard PeirsonRichard Peirson studied at Cambridge University, the Royal Academy of Music and the National Opera Studio. He was on the music staff of Scottish Opera from 1993 to 2001 where he worked as repetiteur, played solo piano in The Turn of the Screw and Ariadne auf Naxos, harpsichord in Don Giovanni, Cosi fan Tutte and The Marriage of Figaro; he was chorus master for The Magic Flute and Gavin Bryars’ Medea and was Music Director for Scottish Opera Go Round’s La Boheme.

Richard joined the music staff of English National Opera in 2005 and has worked with many conductors including Sir Charles Mackerras, Ed Gardner, Sir Richard Armstrong and Mark Wigglesworth.

Richard also works as a freelance coach and accompanist and has given many lecture recitals for the Chelsea-based opera group “Divas and Scholars”.

His setting of W B Yeats’ “He wishes for the cloths of heaven” is published by Stainer and Bell.