Colin trained on piano and organ with Roger Fisher (Organist and Master of the Choristers at Chester Cathedral), and later at the Birmingham Conservatoire, where he won the BMI Organ Competition and the Ludlow Philharmonic Concerto Competition Prize. He also gained the Associate of the Royal School of Music diploma (A.R.C.M.) and the Fellowship of the Royal College of Organists diploma (F.R.C.O.) whilst studying at the Conservatoire.
Colin had a successful career in church music before becoming freelance in 1998, and he still plays regularly at Coventry Cathedral, the Collegiate Church of St Mary, Warwick and Holy Trinity Stratford. Colin has twice acted as organist for the International Church Choir Festival at Coventry Cathedral, working with the late Sir David Willcocks.
Colin gives recitals and concerto performances at venues throughout the country, as a concert organist, concert pianist and as an accompanist, and he is also committed to the duo Tuba Magna (trumpet and organ). He has performed at numerous music festivals, at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester and at concerts in Budapest and the Czech Republic, and has given recitals at many of the country's cathedrals, including Liverpool Cathedral and St Paul's Cathedral. He has broadcast frequently for radio and television from venues that include Bristol, Manchester, Chipping Campden, Warwick and Coventry.
Colin has a thriving private piano and organ teaching practice in Warwickshire, and is much in demand as a teacher for both adults and children, from complete beginners to Grade 8 and Diploma level, and as an accompanist for graded examinations and professional diplomas for singers and instrumentalists. He also enjoys teaching children to sing up to Grade 6 level. Colin teaches at the King's High School in Warwick, and has worked as an international adjudicator for the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival, the largest music festival in the world with over 130,000 entries.
For more details of Colin's activities, please visit colindruce.co.uk
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