Richard Laurence Sheet Music Downloads

Biography

I was born 30th of October 1984 in Colchester, England.  I grew up in the local town of Wivenhoe and attended Millfields primary school.  I started to learn to play the piano when I was 6 although I wasn't a very good pupil!  I was very lazy and didn't like practising.  That hasn't changed much in all those years!  I must mention however, that my first piano teacher probably inspired me more than any other teacher I have had so I must thank Joan Miller for all her hard work and time she put into teaching me.

After a very stop start beginning to my piano playing, I finally settled into a regular routine of piano lessons at secondary school.  Not many people could play the piano at secondary school so I saw that it was a great way to stand out from the crowd in music lessons.

At secondary school I met one of my best friends who also played the piano.  He was an excellent student and it always used to frustrate me that he could do and play things that I could not.  This however kept me focused and it was when I was 12 that I composed my first serious piano piece.  When I pick up most of my older piano compositions I tend to change and alter things in them.  This piece has withstood the urge to be ripped apart and edited left, right and centre.

Through secondary school I composed many pieces of music and I went through various phases depending on what I liked the sound of at that time.  Alot of my minimalistic and repetitive pieces were written during this time. 

During this time I found that I needed to recap over music theory as I struggled to write my ideas and compositions down.   Music theory to me was a god send.  I will never be the greatest pianist in the world but music theory just made so much sense.  It has served me no end in writing and improvising for piano.

For my music A-levels I entered 2 pieces of music in for the composition element of course.  I received full marks for both pieces which today I still feel is one of the biggest compliments I have ever been paid.

After leaving college I went to work in Mann's Music shop in Colchester.  I spent a year and a half there and during this time I bought numerous sheet music and learnt about the inner workings of the various instruments we sold.

I then bought into a music school franchise which I owned for 5 years.  During this time I taught children of all ages to play the keyboard/piano.  I thoroughly enjoyed the experience but found it exhausting and the hours that I worked meant it was hard to see my partner and friends and family.

I have recently moved to Elmstead Market and continue to teach piano and keyboard privately.  I have found that my composing had slowed down over the last few years but it has been re-kindled as I have been write various music books for children as well as theory books. 

As for my musical tastes and hobbies, I enjoy listening to a variety of music ranging from Classical/Romantic music, Jazz Standards as well as Boogie and Rags and Rock music.  I am partial to a bit of Disco or Motown as well.  Some of my favourite artists and musicians are Chopin, Debussy, Glenn Miller, Scott Joplin, Led Zepplin, Queen, Rage Against the Machine, Foo Fighters, Muse, Barry White, Stevie Wonder, Muse and Biffy Clyro.

 I am also a massive Barenaked Ladies fan and have been since college.  I am currently learning to play the computer game music from the final fantasy series composed by Nobuo Uematsu.

 I play badminton twice a week and I enjoy playing tennis and table tennis as well as pool.  I watch most sports and am a fan of Aston Villa FC as well as my hometown team, Wivenhoe Town.

Lastly I would just like to mention that I would probably not have enjoyed composing as much if it wasn't for my family, especially my Mum (who would often sit down and listen to me play for a good hour sometimes), and I also would like to mention my girlfriend Kate who has been a inspiration for many of my pieces and keeps encouraging me along with my Mum to do something about my works!

Thanks for reading

Richard Laurence

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