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Richard Kidd

Richard Kidd was born in 1954, in Stockport, England. He emigrated to Canada as in 1967, and grew up in Montreal, where he studied composition with alcides lanza and Brian Cherney at McGill University. He later pursued further composition studies with British composer, Alan Ridout.

He has has composed extensively for choir, voice, chamber groups and orchestra. His choral piece, “Windsong,” published by Boosey & Hawkes, has received international recognition, and was selected in Japan in 2000 as one of the greatest 100 choral works of the Millenium. A CD of his vocal and chamber music, “Changing Illusions” was produced in the 1990’s.

Kidd’s compositional style has evolved over the years; from his early aggressively atonal student works composed at the height of the 1970’s, to a modified serial approach, which allows the use of tonal harmonies in unusual configurations. Influenced by his work in choral, jazz and orchestral environments, his works are noted for their harmonic subtlety and rhythmic intricacy.

Richard Kidd has been Organist and Director of Music at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Saint John since 1986. He also teaches music at Rothesay Netherwood School. He has guest conducted Symphony New Brunswick on several occasions. Richard leads his own jazz ensemble, and also works as an arranger, organist, pianist, trombonist, chorus master, musical director and conductor. He is married to singer and composer, Janet Kidd. They have four children, and live near Saint John, NB on Darlings Island.


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