Janet Richardson

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Professor of Piccolo

B.A. (Hons)



Janet has worked with orchestras throughout the country including BBC Symphony Orchestra, RPO, Philharmonia Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, CBSO, RLPO, BBCSSO, SCO, BSO, Scottish Opera. Her performances have included regular appearances on television, Radio 3, Classic FM and multiple CD recordings with RSNO and concerto performances on both piccolo and flute. Janet has been a piccolo tutor at Royal Northern College of Music since 2017 and  at the Royal Conservatoire of Scottland since 1992. Janet has also delivered masterclasses around the UK and Europe.

With an upbringing in Oldham, close to Manchester, Janet began her flute studies with Trevor Wye while reading for her degree at University of Lancaster. Postgraduate study at RNCM led to piccolo tuition from Pat Morris which rapidly led to invitations from orchestras in the North West of England, Scotland and London. From this point her performing emphasis shifted to piccolo and to the post of Principal Piccolo with Royal Scottish National Orchestra in 1984.

Testimony to Janet’s tutoring and coaching is to be found in the career paths and positions achieved by her students in a wide range of musical settings and genres. With long standing and recognised experience of teaching and coaching piccolo Janet operates as a strong role model for young musicians who wish to make their careers as professional performers in a range of genres.