Music teacher’s honour

Richard Michael who was presented with his BEM award last week
Richard Michael who was presented with his BEM award last week
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KIRKCALDY jazz musician Richard Michael has been honoured for his services to music education.

Richard’s hard work was recognised earlier this year when he was awarded a British Empire Medal in Her Majesty the Queen’s birthday honours.

Last Wednesday he was presented with the medal by the Lord Lieutenant of Fife Margaret Dean and Fife Provost Jim Leishman at a ceremony in the Glen Pavilion, Dunfermline. He was joined by his three children Hilary Oliver, Joanna Duncan and Robin Michael and wife Morag.

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. He is also organist at the town’s Abbotshall Church.