In 1995 at the age of 14 Richard Hills became the over-all winner of the ATOS international Young Theatre Organist of the year competition in Detroit, Michigan. This marked the start of an outstanding career in both classical and theatre organ music which has now placed Richard as an International figure in organ circles.
In 1994 Richard was awarded the Organ Scholarship at King’s School in Rochester, England and studied the classical organ at the Cathedral there with William Whitehead. Following this, Richard became the Organ Scholar of Exeter College at Oxford University where he studied the classical organ with David Sanger. Having completed his studies at Oxford, Richard spent a year as the Organ Scholar of Portsmouth Cathedral before being appointed to the Organ Scholarship of London’s Westminster Abbey, where he performed regularly on the five-manual Harrison & Harrison organ and worked with the world-famous Abbey choir.
Richard left Westminster in September 2004 and is now pursuing a career as a freelance musician. In addition to his theatre and classical organ performances, he is currently Assistant Organist at St Mary's, Bourne Street; a central London church renowned for its Anglo-Catholic Liturgy, London. Richard is a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists.
Richard Hills is regarded as one of the finest ever exponents of orchestral style playing on theatre organ and an exemplary classical concert organist. He is also a superb rhythm performer - his improvised rendition of Tiger Rag on Youtube has received over 50,000 hits!
Silver Street Music is delighted that our first major CD release features one of the world’s finest and most exciting organists playing one of the worlds most amazing instruments.
Below is a selection of photos of the recording setup and sessions: