Richard Rayner (percussion)
Richard began drumming aged five and by the age of ten he had passed his Grade 8 and formed his own rock band. At 11, Richard started at the Junior Guildhall School of Music and Drama playing jazz piano and percussion. Richard comes from a talented musical family – with both of his younger siblings being percussionists too. Support from Future Talent enabled Richard to continue his studies at the Guildhall and take one step closer towards his planned career as a performer.
At the Guildhall, Richard plays in the symphony orchestra and jazz, brass and percussion ensembles. In 2009 he won the Junior Guildhall Percussion Prize and Jam Percussion Scholarship in 2008 and 2009 and 2011. In 2011 Richard was also a finalist in the Junior Guildhall Lutine prize.
Richard has performed in many great venues including The Royal Albert Hall, Fairfield Hall, Royal Opera House, St John’s Smith Square and Royal Festival Hall. In order to further support his development, Future Talent has given Richard performance opportunities at BAFTA at the 2010 Philip Lawrence Awards and at Wimbledon at Future Talent’s gala fundraising evening that same year. Tennis champion Jana Novotná attended the gala and was so impressed by Richard’s performance that she invited him to play at a private event in Paris!
In 2009 Richard won Young Drummer of the Year. This led to many performances and involvement in events that included supporting Thomas Lang for part of his UK tour, performing at Cheltenham and Upton Jazz Festivals and performing at the National Drum Fair with Eric Delaney, whose autobiography Richard also appears in. Richard was also one of 20 drummers to perform in an advert for Lexus cars that was released in 2011. When he was sixteen, Richard gained his performing drumming diploma with a distinction.
Richard is also the drummer in a rock band called Franko and has been on tour with the group throughout the UK, Thailand and Singapore.