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Keith Riby 

Composer - Musician - Artist

Keith, a composer and french horn player, has enjoyed a musical career which has taken him around the world, performing in countries as far afield as Japan, Korea, China and Taiwan.  He has also toured extensively in Europe.


He studied at the Royal Military School of Music, Knellar Hall, after which he served with Her Majesty's Band of the Grenadier Guards 1973 -1976.


He played in West-end shows such as Lloyd Webber's Phantom of the Opera including original cast album (contracted) , 42nd Street (contracted), Crazy for You including original cast album (contracted), Cats, Joseph and his Amazing Coloured Coat, My Fair Lady, (contracted), to name just a few.


He was Musical Director for  Lloyds Bank Operatic Society, Westminster Theatre London. He directed Hello Dolly and How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying. He was honoured to have his own show performed;  From Here to Paternity, by the society.

He was deputy conductor for 42nd St West End Production 1984-1986.


Recital work with two woodwind quintets was of great interest to him as a player and composer. They gave a great number of recitals, including performances at the Wigmore Halls and St Martins in the Field.

He played with the London Orchestras working extensively with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra (contracted) and the BBC Concert Orchestra. During this time he played for artists such as Luciano Pavarotti, Montserrat Caballé,  Plácido Domingo, Henry Mancini, José Carreras and Yanni (Live at the Acropolis).

He had the privilege to play for Frank Sinatra during two European tours.

Keith played and recorded with John Dankworth and the Generation Band. He also made numerous studio recordings with various orchestras and international artists.


He moved to France in 1995 with his wife and two children to concentrate on his composing and other artistic projects. Whilst living in France he developed the St Laurent des Hommes Music School. At the beginning the school had 6 students and a choir of 6 members. When he relinquished the school it had grown to 50 plus pupils, a choir of 30 and a big band, The Mozaic Jazz Band. All of which, he is very pleased to say, are still flourishing.

He took great pleasure in being prof and musical director for the Banda de Perigord, a group of street musicians from all walks of life. Most of the members were unable to read music and Keith along with the "chef" taught most of the group how to sight read. They released a very successful CD under Keith's direction, which included one of his compositions. 


His great project  "The Artstrument / RB88" © is closest to his artistic endeavours in which Sound, Colour and Form are combined. He created with the artist Jean-Charles Belliard a syntax which obeys both the laws of harmony and colour. Many works for The Artstrument can be heard and seen on YouTube (Keithribymusic) .


He has had numerous compositions published by library music companies, and continues to compose in two main styles; contemporary and melodic/romantic.


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