Richard read Music at St John’s College (Oxford), after which he took up a place the Royal College of Music, studying Organ with Professor David Graham and improvisation with Sophie-Véronique Cauchefer-Choplin. Whilst at the RCM, he was Organ Scholar at St Paul's Cathedral, where, in addition to playing for services and training choristers, he also played at a number of important occasions, including the funeral of Baroness Thatcher. Prior to coming to Christ Church, Richard was Sub Organist at Guildford Cathedral where he articulated the liturgies of the Cathedral, principally through accompanying the Cathedral Choir under the direction of Katherine Dienes-Williams. He holds the Soloist (Artist) Diploma of the Royal Danish Academy of Music, and continues his organ studies with Bine Katrine Bryndorf.
As Sub-Organist at Christ Church, Richard assists the Organist, Steven Grahl, in all aspects of his Cathedral work. He accompanies the Cathedral services when the Cathedral Choirs are in residence, and plays for special services, concerts and recordings. His educative remit includes overseeing the boy chorister probationer training programme, and developing an outreach programme centred around the organ.
Publications and recordings
Via Crucis, Philip Moore • Convivium • 2023 • Guildford Cathedral
Towards a kaleidoscopic hermeneutic: British organ composition and organ-building culture, 1945-2000, Journal of British Institute of Organ Studies 46 (2022)
As the leaves Fall, Duruflé & Darke • Regent • 2022 • Guildford Cathedral
On Christmas Night, Chilcott • Priory • 2021 • St John’s Upper Norwood
Christ Rising • Herald • 2019 • Guildford Cathedral
A conjectural note…, Journal of British Institute of Organ Studies 42 (2018)
Illuminations, Dances, and Poems (Illumina Duo) • Convivium •2017 • Portsmouth Cathedral
Zeitgeist manifest as style: eclectic authenticity in the St Paul’s Cathedral Grand
Organ Project, 1972-77, Journal of British Institute of Organ Studies 39 (2015)
A cruel reversal of fortune? Peter Racine Fricker and the perils of pan-Atlanticism,
Journal of the Royal College of Organists (2015)