† Dorothy Richardson (1927-2018)
Dorothy Richardson is a Northumbrian by birth and moved to London after winning many music festivals in the north of England. In London, winning a major London County Scholarship allowed her to study singing for four years at the Royal Academy of Music with the famous singer and teacher Olive Groves. She gained licentiate and associate diplomas for teaching and performing at the Royal Academy of Music. Since leaving the Academy she has combined professional singing with a busy teaching program. As a life member of the Association of English Singers and Speakers, whose aim is “The communication of English words in speech and song with clarity, understanding, and imagination,” Ms. Richardson has passed on the importance of communication of the text to her many students. Her professional singing career has included all the major soprano solos in oratorio, and she was an experienced recitalist of classical songs and arias. In television, she has taken leading roles in operatic and drama productions, and she had the lead role in the world premiere of Man About the House in London. Her teaching career began at Homerton College, Cambridge, along with a private practice in London. Later she became Professor of Singing at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London. Ms. Richardson now teaches privately in Cambridge. The late George Guest of St. John’s College Cambridge spoke of her: “Well-known as a skilled adjudicator and a distinguished conductor of master classes.” She is a discerning teacher who is able to assist a singer reach his or her full potential, and in solving vocal problems that enable a singer to reach a trouble-free maturity.