…… Meet Our Conductor


Richard Jacklin


Richard Jacklin

Having conducted his first orchestral performance at the age of 16, Richard received his LTCL from Trinity College of Music on bassoon, subsequently continuing his studies in conducting at the Royal College of Music with Neil Thomson (professor of postgraduate conducting and a former pupil of Norman Del Mar). Richard has also studied conducting at Oxford University and at masterclasses given by Kenneth Kiesler, John Carewe (tutor of Simon Rattle), George Hurst, Tim Reynish and at the Dartington International Summer School with Diego Masson.

Richard Jacklin


In February 2011 Richard attended the International Masterclass for Orchestral Conducting in Leipzig with Maestro Professor Kenneth Kiesler  (Professor of Conducting at the University of Michigan and one of the world’s most sought-after conductors and mentor to conductors, and former pupil and assistant conductor to Guilini, Leinsdorf, Contino, Herford, Nelson and Wimer). At this time, Richard also conducted two prominent professional orchestras in Germany: The Philharmonishes Kammerorchester in Berlin and the Westsachsisches Symphonieorchester in Leipzig.

Maestro Professor Kenneth Kiesler“Richard is probably well within the top 10% of all conductors I currently know. His ability to feel deeply is a gift that can and does inspire.”



RJ pic3Richard’s conducting career spans almost 20 years, performing more than 400 works by 110 composers. He is a highly experienced, accomplished and sought-after conductor who has conducted many different orchestras, chamber groups and choirs, and regularly performs with players from the BBC SO, BBC CO, LSO, RPO and LMP.

Richard has conducted the Misbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO) since 1996 and was appointed their principal conductor in 1998. He has actively championed and conducted numerous first performances of works by young contemporary composers.


Richard is also an accomplished bassoonist, studying with Martin Gatt (LSO). Richard’s solo career has seen him perform concertos in London, Oxford, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, numerous European cities and aboard the QE2 cruise liner. Other concert performances have included: live broadcasts on BBC Radio3 & 4 and Classic fm, concerts with Nigel Kennedy and Evelyn Glennie, the Royal Albert Hall, St. John’s Smith Square, the Julliard School of Music and the Mannes College of Music in New York.