Richard Smith BA CTABRSM

PIANO TUITION for examinations or for fun
all ages and abilities

including playing by ear - music theory -improvisation - popular styles e.g. ragtime and boogie woogie - music history including jazz, as well as traditional tuition leading to Associated Board Grade 8 standard.

My piano is a Bechstein 6' rosewood
boudoir grand.

In 2005 I was the pianist in the Channel 4 TV series 'Wakey Wakey Campers' and for which I wrote some of the music and songs.

I started learning the piano at age six; began playing by ear and wrote my first compositions at age eight.
Music is one of the subjects of my
BA degree from University College, London. Studying for this gave me knowledge of Music History and Theory. The study programme for the Certificate in Teaching of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (CTABRSM) allowed for practical insight into teaching piano and associated skills up to Grade 8. Several previous pupils have gone on to study Music and related subjects at University.

I live in rural Gloucestershire with my wife and family.

World-wide sales of songs I have written exceed 1.5 million copies. My first job was as a Label Manager with EMI Records in London, then Germany, where I became a Staff Producer and A & R Manager, working throughout Europe.

At this point I learnt to write music and lyrics to order, arrange, conduct, play on sessions and produce recordings.

Using the stage-name Richard Goldsmith I have had a regular spot on the radio playing, singing and talking about popular music. I have also written, arranged and directed the music for two touring plays, one of which was the subject of an HTV documentary.

I have also written music for the theatre and had a regular spot on the radio playing, singing and talking about popular music.

Contact Information

  • Stroud, Gloucestershire
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Qualification: BA CTABRSM

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