Since 2012 Richard has worked as a freelance musician, culminated as Director of Music at St John’s Church Alresford, Musical Director of Froxfield Choir, Accompanist to Romsey Choral Society, gives regular private tuition around Hampshire and is in the process of starting his own record label Musica Dulcis, recording piano, vocal, choral, organ and chamber music.
Aged 8, Richard became a chorister Chesterfield Parish Church and soon after began piano and organ lessons. In 2002 he went to university in Hull to read Music during which time he was Assistant Organist at Beverley Minster whilst receiving organ lessons from John Scott-Whiteley. During his time at Hull, Richard directed the University Chapel Choir, and oversaw the development of the junior organ scholars.
Following university, Richard held organ scholarships at Chester Cathedral and York Minster before becoming Assistant Organist at Winchester Cathedral in 2008. Duties at Winchester involved accompanying the internationally renowned choir on a regular basis, and he took a full role in the training of the chorister probationers. He was also heavily involved in the Chorister Outreach Programme which saw him going into local primary schools on a weekly basis to teach young children to sing.
Being an accompanist and a recitalist, Richard has performed up and down the country including many prestigious cathedrals as well as in France, Italy and Germany. He frequently performs with orchestras and has accompanied many different choirs and choral societies. Engagements have included concerts at St Paul’s Cathedral, London, Notre Dame and Saint-Sulpice in Paris where he gave the première of David Briggs’s Messe pour Saint Sulpice.
As a conductor, Richard has directed many varied choirs. The Winchester Cathedral Chamber Choir was formed in 2010 by Richard, and under his realm performed concerts, made two recordings and went on two choir tours. His choir at St John’s sing regularly in the busy church of New Alresford and have various cathedral visits, concerts and recordings booked for the upcoming months. The Froxfield Choir have recently performed Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, Rutter’s Gloria and Purcell’s Ode for St Cecilia’s Day 1692, all to great critical acclaim.