Only certain people achieve the great heights of creativity and Dani Richardson excelled as a multi instrumentalist, vocalist, arranger, composer, educator and musical director.
As Head of Music at CultureMix Dani developed orchestras and ensembles supporting ambitious participants to become music professionals.
He taught music in schools, colleges and at the CultureMix Centre of Excellence inspiring children, young people and adults to learn steel pan, violin, keyboard, drums and vocals. He also worked as a session musician with artists like Gabrielle and X-Factor contestant Nate Simpson.
His phenomenal talent and extraordinary ability to create fantastic music benefitted many including Stelphonic Steel Ensemble, IYA Rebels, Panachea and Reading All Steel Percussion Orchestra (RASPO).
His final piece of work, created with Paul Jr Watson for RASPO’s entry into Notting Hill Carnival’s UK National Steel Band Championship also known as ‘Panorama’, encapsulates his vibrant spirit in the joyful and uplifting ten minute arrangement of Mad Man by Marlon Abner.
RASPO’s performance was a fitting tribute that heralded the unexpected departure of this remarkable individual. Dani lost his short battle with liver cancer on 28 August 2018.
We are heartbroken by the loss of Dani’s kind, patient and helpful presence but his positive influence will never be forgotten.
CultureMix will preserve, honour and celebrate his fabulous musical contribution through our work and with RASPO, creating a lasting and meaningful legacy for generations to come.
Bless you Dani and thank you for the wonderful musical gifts you gave so freely to all of us. You will remain forever in our hearts.