Richard Weigall was a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. He was awarded a Foundation Scholarship to study at the Royal College of Music with Terence MacDonagh and whilst there was awarded the prestigious Worshipful Company of Musicians Medal. After graduating he went on to study with Johann Baptist Schlee in Essen, Germany.
After returning to the UK, Richard became Principal Oboe of English National Opera. Two years later he joined the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra as Principal Oboe, where he stayed for 23 years. He appeared many times as soloist with the orchestra, playing concertos by Mozart, Strauss, J S Bach, Vaughan Williams and Jean Francais. He took part in Haydn’s Sinfonia Concertante for violin, cello, oboe and bassoon along with other principal players from the orchestra at a London Prom concert in 1985.
As a freelance oboist, Richard has appeared as guest principal oboe with many British and European orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, I Fiamminghi Chamber Orchestra (Belgium), Radio Sinfonie Orchester Stuttgart and Stuttgarter Philharmoniker. Richard has broadcast several times as a recitalist for BBC Radio Three.
Richard is a tutor with the International Chamber Music Summer School course each August. As a Visiting Tutor at the RBC he has taught oboe students from both the Conservatoire and Birmingham University. He also teaches privately.