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Richard Yarborough has been playing the drums almost all of his life. He sat at his first drum kit at 2 years old, and finally started lessons at the age of 7. After playing in many junior ensembles, he joined the Harrogate Youth Jazz Orchestra on the drums and percussion when he was 11.
Richard studied with many of the top musicians and tutors in Harrogate from the young age of 10 until he was 14, including Ian Macpherson, Cherry Bratkowski and Jo Williamson. At the age of 14, Richard moved to study music at Chetham's School of Music as a first study percussionist.
He studied with Dave Hassell for almost 3 years and then continued his studies with Dave Walsh. He has also studied latin percussion with Sophie Hastings, covering many aspects of Brazilian and Cuban music. Over the years, Richard has developed skills in all styles of music. He has played in various ensembles, including Funk Bands, Big Bands, Jazz Trios, Quartets and Quintets.
His music has taken him to many places around the country such as Harrogate, Manchester, Birmingham and London, but also abroad to Ireland, Jersey, Italy, France and Australia. He has played at the Orleans Jazz Festival, where he played in a Jazz Trio as a support act for the world famous Jamie Cullum. During the summer of 2010, Richard received a scholarship to the Global Music Foundation summer course in Certaldo, Italy, where he played with many musicians and ensembles.
Most recently, Richard travelled to Ireland to perform at the 2011 Cork Jazz Festival, where he played with his Birmingham Quartet. They played three gigs in the Metropole Hotel at the heart of the festival. Richard also had the privilege of playing with Chris Potter at Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2012, where they played tunes from his 2007 album, "Song for Anyone".
While in his first year at Birmingham Conservatoire, Richard had the privilege of being taught by the phenomenal jazz drummer, Tony Levin. Richard is now in his second year studying Jazz Drum Kit at the Birmingham Conservatoire where he is receiving lessons from Andrew Bain and Clark Tracey.