Richard began composing at the age of 6, encouraged by his first piano teacher, Vera Crawford-Phillips. He also has early memories of improvising along to his brother’s piano playing. The earliest pieces in his filing cabinet date from his time at school and include pieces for flute and piano, and entries for the annual school Christmas Carol competition.
Richard studied music as Organ Scholar at St John’s College, Oxford. During his career as a composer, conductor, organist and choir director he has written music which has been performed by chapel choirs, chamber ensembles, orchestras and soloists all around the country. In 2000 he wrote his oratorio, The Crown of Life, to a commission from the Philomusica of Gloucestershire and Worcestershire, and a string quartet for a concert in L’vov, Ukraine.
Richard’s work as a church organist, as well as playing for regular services, has taken him all over the country, playing everywhere from the tiniest chapels in Wales to Choral Evensong in St Paul’s Cathedral, St David’s Cathedral, Worcester Cathedral, Gloucester Cathedral and many others. Abroad, he has accompanied Choral Evensong at, among others, the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in New York, and in churches and cathedrals in France, Belgium and the Ukraine.
As a freelance conductor, accompanist, and pianist, he has a wide experience of working with choirs and soloists and has accompanied professional musicians on recordings of their work, for radio broadcasts, and for countless recitals. Among works he has conducted are the St Matthew Passion, Belshazzar’s Feast and Rachmaninoff’s The Bells as well as a large number of orchestral pieces and operas.
In 2011 he became Composer for Opera Room with whom he has written 4 works which have been performed in London over the last few years, including performances at the Tête à Tête Opera Festival and the Grimeborn Festival at the Arcola Theatre.
Richard has recently written 3 major works for choral societies including his Cantata La Vida de Tango which was performed in conjunction with Tango Siempre and has also been performed by the 1885 Singers at St Mary’s Church, Putney.
Richard’s professional musical portfolio also includes writing many textbooks for Rhinegold Education, including being co-author of A Teacher’s Guide to World Music.
In addition to all his musical interests, Richard enjoys travel, especially to South America (you can hear this in his music at times) and – nearer to home – he explores the inland waterways of England. Born just south of Bristol, Richard has a loyalty to Somerset county cricket.