Bio

Rich BlenkinsoppWHO IS RICH BLENKINSOPP?

Rich is a native of Bristol, England, where he studied trumpet and music technology while holding down a job as an insurance administrator.  A move to Newfoundland, Canada in 1999 turned life upside down, and made music his main focus. Rich worked at Memorial University’s School of Music for seventeen years, first as the events coordinator, and then the music technologist. He moved to the division of Marketing and Communications as photographer in November 2017.

Rich lives with his wife Kelly, and beagles Jack and Jill, in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

Photographer

Rich’s photography interest took off in the early 2000’s when digital photography was in its relative infancy.  His personal work has been published in books, CD’s, and promotional materials such as calendars and brochures, web sites and public spaces. Rich initially worked on only landscape images, but in recent years has concentrated heavily on portraiture and concert/show photography. He is a regular photographer at the St. John’s Arts & Culture Centre and feels at home shooting in the studio as well as on location. His day job consists mostly of editorial photography, portraiture and event work at Memorial University.

Musician/Composer/Music Producer

Rich’s musical background started at the age of 11, when he took up the trumpet on entering high school. He has performed in brass bands, wind ensembles, jazz ensembles, and pit orchestras. He took up composition in the mid-nineties, and got interested in film scoring in the mid-2000’s. He attained a diploma in Media Composition from ThinkSpace, under the direction of film composer Guy Michelmore. As a trumpet player Rich performed lead trumpet in the pit orchestra for several stage shows with Tada Events and Beothuck Street Players, including Cats, Jesus Christ Superstar, Gypsy and Chicago.  He also performed in the orchestra for TaDa Events annual “Diva’s” show for five years and occasionally on the Music at Memorial Concert Series with faculty performers Paul Bendzsa and Rob Power (Spanner). He recorded on albums by Funky Dory (of whom he was a regular member), Chris Kirby and the Marquee, and Hey Rosetta!. He has performed live with the Newfoundland Symphony/Pops Orchestra, Jazz East Big Band, Jazz Express Big Band, Memorial University Jazz Ensemble, Kelly-Ann Evans Band, Billy and the Bruisers, Funky Dory, Hey Rosetta! and Traces Dance Band since living in Canada. Due to the impossible demands on practice time, Rich hung up the trumpet in favour of an electronic wind instrument (EWI). The horn is still around waiting for Rich to retire! Although never formally trained on any other instrument, Rich knows his way around the keyboard as well as the EWI, allowing him to play most of the tracks on his own compositions. His creative mouse work with Cubase music production software gets him the rest of the way there. Check out samples of his compositions here.

A side product of being involved in music technology led Rich to an interest in audio engineering and production.  He has worked on commercial albums in numerous genres from Classical to World to Funk to Electronica, and wearing several hats in music production – recording engineer, arranger, MIDI programmer/orchestrator, audio editor, synth programmer co-producer and mastering engineer.

For a list of some of the major projects Rich has undertaken in recent years (together with links to digital downloads) as a musician and music producer, click here.