Richard Cross - Trombonist, Arranger and Composer

Richard Cross is an in-demand freelance trombonist and creative musician based in England. He is a prize-winning graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, London, having studied trombone with Ian Bousfield and Dudley Bright, together with composition and conducting.

As an orchestral trombonist, Richard has performed with musicians including Yehudi Menuhin, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Carl Davis and Katherine Jenkins; orchestras include The BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Bournemouth Symphony, Northern Sinfonia (UK), Trondheim Symhony, D’Oyly Carte Opera and London Concert Orchestra, with work embracing concert performances, live broadcasts, CD recording sessions and performing at the BBC Proms.

As a member of smaller ensembles, he has played for The Archbishop of Canterbury and has performed before The Empress of Japan. TV work includes performing on BBC's The One Show and Songs of Praise.

On the creative side, Richard's arrangements have been received with great success the world over: the testimonials page offers a cross-section of feedback from musicians across the globe.

Richard is equally at home in both the classical field and the lighter side of music and as a jazz improviser. Commercial work includes recording for the pop industry at EMI Abbey Road Studios as well as on-set film work as a musician in the movie Mrs Henderson Presents (Pathe Films, 2005). Richard has also composed music for theatre companies which tour the UK.

Turned on Music was founded in 2002 and provides sheet music from his arrangements to musicians across the world. In June 2011 the CD A Walk On The Wild Slide (in which he performs all four parts to his arrangements) was officially released at The International Trombone Festival in Nashville, USA.

"Richard, your arrangements worked a treat! The delegates at the Brass Band Summer School 2009 (Bromsgrove, UK) loved them - 20 trombones in all - and funnily enough, some of the delegates also brought some of your arrangements so it was a kind of 'Turned on Music' week ;-) Thanks ever so much for all your help getting the dots to me. I'll have no hesitation recommending your arrangements to fellow 'bonists. Congratulations on such a fine service"

Nick Hudson, UK trombone soloist / professor, Aldar Academies, Abu Dhabi, UAE, August 2009