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Joshua Han wins competition

JoshuaHanOutstanding young 12-year-old Australian pianist – Joshua Han – who is sponsored by Jack Richards, was the first prize winner in the junior division at the Ettlingen International Piano Competition for young pianists, at Ettlingen, Germany in August 2014. Joshua received the highest mark ever awarded – 99.9%.

Previous prize winners at this prestigious competition have included Lang Lang and Yuja Wang.

See here to watch Joshua’s winning performance.

See here for more about the competition.


Jack C Richards Decorative Art Gallery opens

20-DSC_2614The new Jack C Richards Decorative Art Gallery, part of the Tairawhiti Museum in Gisborne, New Zealand, opened on 16th May, 2014.

See here for more about the gallery and the collections in it.

See here for a video about the new gallery.

Kiri Te Kanawa’s birthday


Jack Richards and Kiri Te Kanawa at a function at the Royal Opera House, London, in March, to celebrate Dame Kiri’s birthday and long association with the Royal Opera House

Gareth Farr Concerto

Orchestra-Review_IPThe first performance of Gareth Farr’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, commissioned by Jack Richards, was performed with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and pianist Tony Lee  on March 28, 2014. The concerto has received rave reviews on its first performance. Read the reviews here, here and here.

MEXTESOL Journal celebrates its 40th anniversary

MEXTESOL JournalThe journal of the Mexican TESOL Association – MEXTESOL Journal – will shortly celebrate its 40th anniversary. To celebrate the anniversary the journal will add a special feature to each issue, described as “A Vintage Article–an article that has had great influence on our readers or that has a place in the history of ELT.” They have chosen to feature an article by Jack Richards published  in the journal in 1994 entitled Teacher Thinking and Foreign Language Teaching.

New Educational Consultant role

Professor Richards has been invited to serve as en educational consultant to Cambridge English Teacher – an on-line teacher development site for English teachers – a joint project of Cambridge University Press and Cambridge ESOL. Professor Richards will be involved in planning new courses to be made available on CET and will also be able to respond to questions from members of CET. For more information see here.