One of the band’s brightest talents has become a Michael Rath Artist.
The internationally renowned trombone instrument maker has identified Ryan Richards as an outstanding player, and will now help promote and develop him as a performance artist.
The Birmingham Conservatoire student will play on a bespoke Michael Rath R4F SN 1160B trombone, with the company working to establish him as a solo as well as ensemble performer. He will also join an international stable of Rath Artists featured on the company’s website.
Understandably, Ryan is delighted with the news, and is determined to build on what is a rare and much sought after opportunity.
“To be recognised in this way gives me a huge boost of confidence,” he said. “It’s thanks to fantastic tutoring given to me in studying at Birmingham Conservatoire by Ian Porthouse and Chris Houlding and Tony Howe that this has come about with the help of Brett Baker and the team at Rath.”
He added: “The company also recognises the importance that comes with being solo trombone with Tredegar, and the amount of high profile work the band is involved with under Ian. I’m determined to build on this fantastic opportunity for the future.”
Meanwhile a Rath Trombones spokesperson added: “We are delighted to welcome Ryan on board. We recognise him as a talent we hope we can help develop into an outstanding professional musician. Playing with Tredegar Band and studying at Birmingham Conservatoire under Ian Porthouse and Chris Houlding will certainly help him achieve that.”
The company also recognises the importance that comes with being solo trombone with Tredegar, and the amount of high profile work the band is involved with under Ian. I’m determined to build on this fantastic opportunity for the future - Ryan Richards
Ryan’s first solo performance as a Rath Artist came when he was the featured concerto soloist with Tredegar at the ‘Brass Splendour: Past, Present & Future’ concert in Birmingham recently, where he performed the Gordon Langford ‘Trombone Concerto’ made famous by the great Don Lusher.
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Tredegar MD, Ian Porthouse added: “This is a deserved opportunity for Ryan, and one I’m sure he will grab with both hands. It goes to show what hard work and a professional attitude can do, and we will certainly do our part to help raise his profile as a Michael Rath Artist.”