Phil Richardson – Director

Quay Music

Phil Richardson and Bonnie Tyler

Located in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, Phil’s expertise spans both Performance and Education. Phil graduated from Newcastle University with both a BA (Hons) Music (2004) and MMus (2005), and has since had a profound effect on the creative industries both locally and nationally.

His performance credits are numerous and impressive, endorsing Phil’s virtuoso skill as a pianist, composer, arranger and director. His outstanding musicianship has also led Phil to be regarded as one of the finest educators in the North East, delivering music curriculum across both further and higher education.

Owing much to his infectious personality and passion for the arts, Phil has led curriculum at both Gateshead and Newcastle Colleges, building unique partnerships with organisations such as the Academy of Music and Sound, The Sage Gateshead, Dance City, Live Theatre, as well as promoting the work of the National Skills Academy.  With such a proven track record, Quay Music is looking forward to the innovations Phil
will undoubtedly contribute to in the future….


• Master of Music (Distinction), Newcastle University (2005)
• BA (Hons) Music (1st class honours), Newcastle University (2001-2004)
• Diploma of Higher Education for post compulsory education (2005)
• Grade 8 Piano (ABRSM) (2000)
Education Management
• Curriculum Manager for Music and Performing Arts, Gateshead College (2012)
• Curriculum Manager for Music, Newcastle College (2008)
• External Examiner for University of Essex (2018-present)
• External Examiner for University of Hull (2018-present)
• Developed new degree curriculum in Music, Dance and Music Production.
• Comprehensive partnership management / development including The Sage Gateshead, Academy of Music and Sound, Generator, Dance City, Live Theatre and Streetwise Opera (present)
• Key college liaison and a member of the music steering group for Creative and Cultural Skills England (2013)
• Key liaison and advisor to Music Business Training (present)
• Guest speaker on cultural partnerships at the launch of Creative and Cultural Skills, Scotland (2012)
• Consultant for new Music Diplomas with Pearson Group
• Team Leader and Standards Verifier for EdExcel, Music and Music Technology (Present)
• Lead Moderator and Diploma Moderator for One Awards (Present)
• External Moderator for Generator Music Business Diploma (2015)
• Designed new music and performing arts curriculum for One Awards
• Lead Internal Verifier for Further Education programmes at Gateshead and Newcastle College (present)
• Access to Higher Education Committee Member at Open College Network (OCN) (Present)
• Member of Quality Enhancement and Academic Standards Group at OCN (2009)
• Programme Leader, FdA Roots and Popular Music and BA (Hons) Popular Music, New College Durham (Present)
• Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) (2017)
• Programme Leader at Sage Gateshead (2013 - 2016)
• Head of Keyboards for Academy of Music and Sound (AMS) (2009-2013)
• Music Lecturer, Gateshead College (2009-2017)
• Course Leader for Level 3 Music Gateshead College (2009-2012)
• Course Leader for Access to HE Diploma in Music at Newcastle College (2006-2008)
• Lecturer on Foundation Degree Popular Music at Newcastle College (2005 – 2008)
• Deliverer of music specific CPD to music education staff (2008 – present)
• Deliverer of graded practical and theory music examinations (present)
• Tutor at Northern School of Music and Prudhoe Adult Education (2003-2005)
• Delivered keyboard and education master classes as a freelance musician and educator (2008 onwards)
• Claypath
• Bonnie Tyler
• Guthrie Govan (Dizzie Rascal)
• Paul Elliot (Frank Gambale, Stu Hamm, John Wheatcroft)
• Shaun Baxter (Founder of Guitar Institute)
• Nick Beggs Kajagoogoo & Steve Hackett
• Kim Chandler - session singer with Bee Gees, Puff Daddy and vocal coach to Courtney Love, Paloma Faith, Beverley knight
• Lorraine Crosby (Meatloaf)
• Michael Blackwell - keys on solo album recorded with producer Paul Frost
• Brooks Williams
• Richardson & Frith - including contemporary settings of North East Folk Songs
• Frith Street – contemporary jazz ensemble featuring Zita Frith (Scarlet Street), Lloyd Wright (Lulu James), Ian Paterson (Sharks Took the Rest)
     and Dave Francis (Legohead)
• Echo Choir – Contemporary Choir based at The Sage Gateshead
• Inspiration Choir – Choir based at The Sage Gateshead
• Conductor – Newcastle University Brass
• Guest Conductor with North East brass bands
• Arrangements and compositions performed by Northern Sinfonia, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra Brass, Frith Street and Claypath.
• Various solo piano performances at weddings, conferences, restaurants
• Several musicals and shows in the North East region

Mark Deeks – Associate

Quay Music is also delighted to work with Mark Deeks, Director of Music Newcastle on a host of collaborative projects, particularly music education. Mark has played piano for more than 30 years, building up a wealth of experience as a performer, arranger, musical director, and lecturer. Mark has performed extensively throughout the UK and on three tours to Paris with the Inspiration UK choir.’ Safesake‘, his album of folk-influenced, acoustic songs was released in 2010. Comfortable both sight-reading and improvising, Mark has perfect pitch, holds the Dip(ABRSM) in piano teaching, and is also studying for a PhD with the University of Leeds. He has had research published both in the UK and abroad.