Richard Hawley

Cornet, Euphonium, Keyboard, Organ, Piano, Recorder, Rock Piano


Richard Ellis Hawley a proud winner of the North East Keyboard Entertainer of the year for 2 years, having won the award in 2018 and 2020. He is also a member of the musicians union, the musicians guild and the I.S.M. with public liability insurance. For many years, he has also been the resident organist at St Paul’s Church in his home village of Evenwood. In 2021, he has earned recognitions in piano performance from Bishop Auckland College in HND Music with merits and distinctions before continuing to the University Of Sunderland, United Kingdom.

A very well rounded musician who has performed for various audiences across the United Kingdom and abroad. It all started about 40 years ago when he decided to teach himself to play piano. He then went on to teach himself to play the electronic organ, theatre organ, and pipe organ, along with some brass instruments. While at home in the UK, He has volunteered as a musician / entertainer for a variety of events including kid parties, weddings, and corporate events, among others. He has  the ability to adapt to any environment, and collaborates with the organizers of an event to make sure my music fits in well with your special occasion. Always by his side is his partner Rowen who acts as MC and ensures everything runs smoothly.

So whether it’s for a more formal event such as a funeral or a big office party of even a laid back chill lounge,  we will both help make your event extra special. 

While he is proud to call the UK his home, he has always been passionate about playing many styles of music and cultures.  This is due to the fact that he has been able to experience a variety of them while he travelled across Europe, North America and even Oceania, where he lived for many years. More specifically, in  New Zealand, before returning home to the United Kingdom a few years ago. 

Having been a Yamaha fan for many years, it should come as no surprise that he owns 2 brilliant instruments that he carries around the country to entertain crowds. He also owns a Yamaha PSR-775 arranger workstation and an older Yamaha AR100 Electone that he mostly uses to record music at home. Over the last couple of years, He has intensified his online presence on YouTube and Facebook where he frequently showcases playing in music videos and weekly livestreams.

Richard's approach to teaching is friendly, encouraging, patient and fun! Learning an instrument is an experimental process, different for everyone, and therefore he believes in an individualised approach, seeking to yield the best response from each individual pupil, no matter their age or current standard. Richard seeks to develop each pupil's musicianship as well as technique, for which confidence building and the freedom to experiment during lessons are crucial.

Music has a power of connection, emotion.

Most importantly, music is about sharing the joy of creativity so Richard believes lessons should be fun, imaginative and rewarding.

Richard is an experienced piano, organ and brass teacher based in County Durham. He is also available for music theory and recorder lessons. He can offer lessons in piano, organ and brass in person or online focused on creating a positive, inclusive and supportive approach to teaching. Richard really loves teaching and finding the fun in learning!

Richard specialises in all genres of music, and piano and organ methods can include chordal structures or proper playing with both right and left hand. Richard can teach using the Suzuki method.


Musicians Guild
Musicians Union


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