Richard Webster -- composer, church musician, choral conductor and organist -- is Director of Music and Organist at Trinity Church, Copley Square, Boston. As a composer and arranger he is in demand for several commissioned works a year. His hymn arrangements for brass, percussion, organ and congregation are heard across the English-speaking world, including the CBC's annual Christmas and Easter broadcasts and BBC's "Songs of Praise." A new recording from Taiwan features his hymn settings sung in Chinese.
At Trinity, Boston, he has led the Trinity Choristers and Schola on two tours to England, with residencies at Lincoln, Ely, Chichester and St. Paul's Cathedrals. Richard is Music Director of Chicago's Bach Week Festival, featuring some of the nation's most acclaimed musicians. Sought after as a choral clinician, he has led choir courses and workshops across the U.S. and South Africa. In 2011, he was awarded the honorary Fellowship of the Royal School of Church Music (FRSCM) in England.
He has performed and recorded as organist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in works from the Saint-Saens Organ Symphony to Ives’ Fourth Symphony. He is the Organist and Choirmaster Emeritus of the Parish Church of Saint Luke in Evanston, Illinois, where, from 1974 to 2003 he directed the Choir of Men and Boys, the Girls Choir, Adult Schola and the St. Luke’s Singers in a program widely respected and emulated. The restoration of the celebrated 1922 Ernest M. Skinner organ at St. Luke’s was accomplished under his leadership.
Host a Hymn Festival
Under the direction of Richard Webster, hymn festivals featuring his hymn settings for brass, organ, choirs and congregation are held in cities across the country, and meet with resounding success.
What do YOU need to host a hymn festival in your city?
- Five to eight accomplished brass players and a timpanist
- A dedicated choir - perhaps a massed ensemble drawn from area churches
- An organist who plays hymns in the "symphonic" style
- A fine organ in a favorable acoustic
- A crowd of people who love to sing hymns!