THE hard work and dedication of Kirkcaldy jazz musician Richard Michael has been recognised in Her Majesty the Queen’s birthday honours.
Richard has been given a British Empire Medal for his services to music education, having spent more than 30 years teaching students in Fife.
The 62-year-old was a music teacher at Beath High School in Cowdenbeath for 31 years before he retired five years ago.
He is now a visiting professor for St Andrews University and a broadcaster on Radio Scotland’s Jazz House.
But among many in Fife, Richard may possibly be best known for his role as director of Fife Youth Jazz Orchestra.
It’s a position which he has held for 36 years.
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HARK. Richard Michael, jazz educator, inspirer of the Youth Jazz Orchestra of the Kingdom of Fife, former schoolteacher, possessor of the infectious smile above…. has just won a Bank of Scotland Herald Angel Award for his Edinburgh Fringe Show “The History of Jazz Piano.”
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