Richard Davis

Richard Davis is Chief Conductor and Head of Orchestral Studies at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. He regularly conducts orchestras such as the City of Birmingham Symphony, the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Philharmonic in concerts, recordings, national radio broadcasts and on television.

He has also directed operas and requiem masses with the BBC Singers. Recent conducting collaborations have also included working with Oscar-winning and Gravity composer Steve Price, on a WW1 tribute Poppies for BBC television. Shown on Remembrance Day every year across the BBC network, Poppies was nominated for a BAFTA in 2015. Davis is an accomplished orchestral musician and played as principal flute with the BBC Philharmonic for over 30 years. He premiered flute concertos by Bernstein and Maxwell-Davies, recorded and performed solo recitals many times on national and international broadcasts, and won 1st prize in several international competitions. His 2004 book: Becoming an Orchestral Musician – A Guide for Aspiring Professionals (published by Faber) sells world-wide and has been described as ‘an unbeatable-value master class’ (Classical Music Magazine) containing ‘Brilliance and honesty on every page’ (Pan Magazine) covering a ‘down-to-earth, informative introduction to life as a professional musician’ (Daily Telegraph).

Richard Davis is featured on the following titles

Gardener of Time: Barry Conyngham at 75

Performer: Conductor

This double-CD contains seven orchestral works, all by composer Barry Conyngham perhaps Australia’s most international composer, with premieres and performances of his works in Japan, America, Europe, Russia and throughout Australia. The Ormond Ensemble is conducted by Richard Davis.