Our Conductor

Derwent Singers in concert at Breadsall Church

Richard Roddis is well-known throughout the East Midlands for his work with choirs, and has been the Derwent Singers' conductor since 2004.  His experience stretches back more than a quarter of a century and, as a professional singer and a member of several top ensembles, he brings a wealth of expertise and enthusiasm to choral conducting. Richard graduated in music at Exeter University where he held a Choral Scholarship at the Cathedral. He now combines a busy career as a singer, conductor and voice teacher.

Richard's first conducting appointment, in the 1980s, was with the award-winning Exeter University Singers. He also formed his own Richard Roddis Singers, which celebrated its 25th aniversary in 2004. He has broadcast on BBC and Independent Radio and Television, and toured both in the UK and abroad. In 1991 he was appointed Director of the Nottingham-based Sinfonia Chorale, where he has earned a reputation for challenging and innovative programming and demanding the highest performing standards. His reputation preceded him in Derby where, since 1999, he has been conductor of Derby Bach Choir, recognised as one of the finest large choirs in the region. He has also conducted the Sterndale Singers in Sheffield and he appears as guest conductor with several other groups, and at day and weekend workshops.

As a solo tenor, Richard combines oratorio with recital work. He won joint First Prize for his Lieder singing in a national competition staged by the London Lieder Group in December 2001.

Richard also composes and arranges music for choirs. Several of his compositions and arrangements have been performed by the Derwent Singers, including Carolling Nowell and Deep River. The Derby Bach Choir gave the World Premiere of his large scale work Lauda Creatoris on 4th April 2009. For more information please visit the website: http://laudacreatoris.wordpress.com

Listen to Richard in conversation with Andy Potter on Radio Derby