Richard Dawson MA, ARCO is our Director of Music & Organist.


He is the Deputy Director of Music and Head of Academic Music at Brighton College, Musical Director of the Esterházy Chamber Choir, Director of Music and Organist at St Paul's Church, Brighton, and Vice-President of the Brighton & District Organists’ Association.

Richard studied music at Keble College, Oxford, where he was also Organ Scholar, gaining a First in organ performance. Whilst in Oxford, he was accompanist for several CD recordings, including Duruflé Requiem with the Keble College Chapel Choir, and was also the organist at the Church of St Mary Magdalen.

Richard was a Music Scholar at Aldridge School and, during his time there, won numerous awards for his musical efforts. Outside of School, prizes awarded to Richard for his playing include the Michael Popkin Memorial Award for the highest marks in all organ classes at the Oxford Festival, and the Douglas May Prize for outstanding playing at the Oundle International Organ Festival. He has accompanied choral services in such venues as York Minster, Peterborough Cathedral and Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, and has recently performed at Birmingham Town Hall, Alexandra Palace, London, and live on BBC Radio 3. He is an Associate of the Royal College of Organists (ARCO) and has studied the organ with Toby Barnard, Andrew Fletcher and Stephen Farr.