Music business hailed as one of the best in region
AN Evenwood businessman, who says “where words fail music speaks” has been recognised as one of the best in the business by a national magazine.
Richard Ellis Hawley and his husband and business partner, Rowan, combine their musical talents running Notes of Life.
They have garnered a sterling reputation in the entertainment industry, playing at a variety of venues.
Richard has been named the Best Private Event Keyboard Musician in the North East by LUXlife, a bimonthly online magazine.
The Hawleys are familiar faces in and around Evenwood, with Richard frequently organising entertainment events in the village as well as teaching the piano and tuba to a growing number of clients.
Richard said: “I began playing the piano when I was eight and when I was 16 I was working as a church organist.
“When Rowan and I heard that we had won this award we felt wonderful, honoured, delighted and fulfilled. I have persevered in many different way to present a diverse range of music to a wide audience, building up my ability on organ, keys and brass.
“Ultimately I have very much enjoyed my performances and feel I have transmitted my love of music to many people.”
As a traditional wedding organist, Richard regularly plays the organ at St Paul’s Church, in Evenwood, and at St Mary’s Church, in Cockfield.