Paul Richards is one of the leading exponents of orchestral bass clarinet playing, having been a member of the London Philharmonic Orchestra for 25 years. Before then he was freelance and performed with many of the major symphony orchestras in Britain.
Paul grew up studying with bass clarinet players, his teacher at Chetham's School in Manchester being Principal Bass Clarinet of the Halle Orchestra. He then went on to study at the Royal College of Music with Stephen Trier, widely considered to be the most influential bass clarinetist in Britain at the time. Eventually Paul was invited to take over from Stephen Trier and become Principal Bass Clarine! of the LPO.
Two years later he was invited to become a professer of bass clarinet at the RCM, a position he has held ever since.
Paul first look up thebassclarine! at the age of 16 and he has always played on Henri SELMER Paris instruments. Today he proudly plays on the Privilege Bass but also keeps an older model which he enjoys playing from time to time.
Photo credit: London Philharmonic Orchestra