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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Did You Know Piano Facts


Temperament is both the process and result of making slight changes to the pitches of a pure musical scale, so that the octave may be conveniently divided into a usable number of notes and intervals. In the history of Western music's 12-note octave tradition, there have been several, fundamentally different forms of temperament applied to the developing keyboard. Music suffers when performed in a tuning that is different than that which the composer used in its creation.

Well Temperament Keyboards

Well Temperament Keyboards may be tuned so that all keys are musically usable, but contain varying degrees of the "wolf". This is the tuning used in this recording. Between the Early Baroque and Romantic eras, the popular tuning was something between Meantone and Equal Temperament. This era was a brief, transitional stage in temperament history, but considering the music composed during this period, its importance cannot be overlooked. This style of tuning is called "Well Temperament" following the use of the term by J.S. Bach. The term refers to a genre, rather than a specific temperament, as there were many Well Temperaments in use between 1700 and 1825.