Richard Hewitt studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with David Theodore.
While there, he became a member of the Young Musicians' Symphony Orchestra, the European Community Youth Orchestra, won the Bronze medal in the Shell- LSO competition and gained an unexpected trial for Principal Oboe with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
This led to engagements with the Royal Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, BBC Welsh, BBC Philharmonic and Opera 80, until his appointment as Principal Oboe with Opera North in the 1989/90 season.
Latterly he has been guided by the teachings of three outstanding American oboists: John Mack (Cleveland Orchestra), John Ferrillo (Boston Symphony) and Elaine Douvas (Metropolitan Opera, New York).
Richard's oboes are made by Laubin Inc. New York.
Philip was born in Lancashire and took tutelage from Rachael Clegg at Chethams School of Music at age 16. He then studied at the RNCM with Hansjorg Schellenberger, Melinda Maxwell and Hugh McKenna, and also took Cor Anglais lessons with Rachel Pankhurst. Whilst at the RNCM, Philip had the rare opportunity to record a premiere of Edwin Roxburgh's oboe trio - Shadow Play, with the renowned oboist Paul Goodey. After which he moved to London to study a Masters at the RCM, under the tutelage of Christopher Cowie and John Anderson.
As a keen chamber musician, Philip has performed with many chamber groups in venues across the UK and other venues across Europe. He is a member of the Atea Wind Quintet, who are the Associate Ensemble in Residence at the Birmingham Conservatoire, were Quintet in Residence at the Purcell School and double prize winners in the 2015 Carl Nielsen International Chamber Music Competition. The group are members of the Tunnell Trust, Live Music Now and the Kirckman Concert Society schemes, with whom they gave their Wigmore debut in 2015. Atea have toured extensively around Scotland and further afield in Japan, Prague and Luxembourg. With the group Philip has coached at the Dartington International Summer School 2017, where they will be returning in 2018 and is also a tutor on the Malvern Winds. In addition, Philip is also a member of the award winning 'Riot Ensemble', whose primary focus is new music, which has taken him across the UK, around Europe and beyond.
Philip has recently worked with such orchestras as the Orchestra of Opera North, Halle Orchestra, Birmingham Contemporary Music Ensemble, London Mozart Players, Orchestra of St Johns, The Beumont Ensemble, playing at St Martin in the Fields and the London Musical Arts Orchestra.
Originally from East Anglia, Will took up the oboe aged nine and as a teenager studied with Nicholas Daniel, before gaining a Foundation Scholarship at the Royal College of Music in London with Chris Cowie. Will graduated with one of the highest marks in his year and won numerous scholarships to continue his studies as a post-graduate. During this time he was selected for the Countess of Munster Recital Scheme, the European Union Symphony Orchestra and the prestigious orchestral training scheme, the LPO Foyles Future Firsts.
Following his studies, Will freelanced in London, winning many trials and playing with orchestras such as the LSO, RPO, LPO, London Sinfonietta, Philharmonia and English National Opera, before relocating to Manchester in 2013. Will is enjoying life in the Northwest, and works regularly as both an oboist and cor anglais player with the BBC Philharmonic, Opera North and the Halle orchestras, as well as further afield in orchestras such as the Welsh National Opera, Royal Northern Sinfonia, RSNO, BBC Scottish, Scottish Chamber and Scottish Ballet Orchestras.