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Richard Simpson hails from Yorkshire. After four years study at The Royal College of Music studying with the late Sydney Sutcliffe, he was appointed to the position of sub-principal oboe with the BBC Symphony Orchestra a position he held for just one year, before being invited to join the Halle Orchestra as Principal Oboe. He spent eighteen years with that orchestra and during that time had the opportunity of performing concerti by Mozart, Strauss, Vaughan Williams, Martinu and Hummel with them. He was also a very active chamber musician in the North-West of England, performing many solo recitals and visiting festivals both in this country and abroad.

In 1991 he returned to the BBC Symphony Orchestra, this time as Principal Oboe, and with them has recorded the Sinfonia Concertantes of both Haydn and Mozart and appeared as soloist in Vaughan Williams ' Oboe Concerto . He plays frequently as a guest with all the other London symphony orchestras and with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. He is again involved in various chamber music ensembles, and with his wife, Janet, is a member of the Syrinx Trio, with Michael Cox, Principal Flute of the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

His other recordings include Benjamin Britten's Six Metamorphoses after Ovid, the Sonata for Oboe and Piano by Edmund Rubbra and a disc of Thomas Pitfield's music.

richard simpson oboist
CD details:

DDA 25137 Wind Blown

DDA 25146 Travelling Light

david dubery music
MSV 28523 David Dubery: Songs and Chamber Musi