On 10th July, the Royal Academy of Music will host a concert to celebrate the memory of Richard Turner. Richard died tragically and suddenly in August last year, and the sudden loss dealt a terrific blow to musicians and music lovers across the U.K. The combination of Richard’s tender age (he was only 27), with the sheer amount that he had achieved and contributed to the music in the short time that he was with us made his death all the more difficult to bear.
The concert will bring together a varied and dazzling cast. Round Trip will be performing, joined by original member saxophonist Tom Challenger, and there will also be performances from Barak Schmool and members of the F-IRE collective, and a band comprising contemporaries from Richard’s year at the Academy, including John Escreet, Zhenya Strigalev, Pete Cochrane and Adam Betts. There will also be performances from a band made up of musicians with whom Richard performed regularly whilst in his home town of Leeds comprising of Rob Barron, Nik Svarc, Garry Jackson and Andy Ball.
The second half of the concert will feature an all-star big band comprised of Richard’s friends and contemporaries, performing pieces from Gil Evans’ ‘Porgy and Bess’ suite with guest soloists including Julian Siegel, as well as compositions by Richard, arranged by Calum Gourlay, Michael Chillingworth and Reuben Fowler.
Money raised from this concert is going towards a jazz scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music in Richard’s name.