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Richard Vendome

Richard founded the Oxford Girls' Choir in 1984 to fill a gap in Oxford's musical life, which at that time had many choral opportunities for boys, but few for girls. He had previously performed as a countertenor and directed choirs in Oxford and London. Over the past 30 years he has encouraged the choir to commission many new works from young composers.

Richard studied organ, piano and composition at the Royal College of Music, and became a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists before winning a scholarship to the Queen's College, Oxford, continuing his keyboard studies with James Dalton and later with Lady Susi Jeans. He won the James Ingham Halstead prize for his research into Tudor choral music under Prof Joseph Kerman, and edited Christ Church MS 89, a large source of 17th cent. keyboard music, under the supervision of Prof Denis Arnold. He is editor of the series Spanish Netherlands Keyboard Music and has taught techniques of composition and music history for Queen's and St Hilda's Colleges. His pioneering work on algorithms for the computerized editing and printing of music in the 1970s was among the first in its field. He has held British Technology Group and Leverhulme research fellowships at Oxford University, and was awarded the British Computer Society Medal in 1990.

Richard has performed as an organist and pianist both at home and abroad, most recently in Malta, Norway and the USA, and is organist of Littlemore Parish Church. He advises on the design and conservation of pipe organs, and has built instruments in Kidlington, Horton-cum-Studley and Gozo. He has a large practice as a singing teacher, and his special interests include the psychology of music and female musical traditions, such as the Venetian female choral tradition and Hildegard of Bingen. He is Artistic Director of Schola Pietatis Antonio Vivaldi ("Vivaldi's Women").