Lecturer in Music – Classical Performance and Conducting
Richard was born in Slough in 1973 and began learning the trombone at the age of eleven. Leaving school at sixteen, he joined the Royal Marines Band Service and studied under the renowned orchestral trombonist Albert Thompson. During his time under training Richard won the prestigious Cassel Prize - an annual instrumental competition and was subsequently awarded a silver medal by The Worshipful Company of Musicians.
In 1994 he was drafted to the band onboard Her Majesty's Yacht Britannia and spent the next three years travelling extensively around the world, performing to world leaders such as Bill Clinton and Nelson Mandela, as well as Her Majesty The Queen and other members of the Royal Family.
Richard began conducting in earnest in 2003 and enjoyed tenures as the conductor of the Warsash Community Band and the Southampton Concert Wind Band - an ensemble consisting of over 50 instrumentalists. During his time with the SCWB he led them on a very successful tour of Bavaria. ln 2007 Richard was promoted to the rank of Captain Royal Marines and appointed a Director of Music, and over the next six years he ran three RM Bands, took a year’s sabbatical to study for his Master’s degree at the Royal Northern College of Music and served on a six month operational tour to Afghanistan as the Adjutant of the United Kingdom Medical Group - a challenging yet rewarding experience.
In 2012 Richard became the first serving member of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines to be admitted a Fellow of the Royal Schools of Music before retiring from the Service after a full military career in 2013. Over the next two years he worked extensively within the local musical scene in Devon, holding positions as the Musical Director of the South West Communications Brass Band and as conductor of the Exeter University Symphony Orchestra. He also performed masterclasses and workshops with local schools, as well as playing trombone for the Exeter Symphony Orchestra. As the co-founder of the Tiverton Poetry and Musical Cafe evenings, Richard was instrumental in helping to raise the profile of amateur performing arts in Mid Devon.
From 2015 to 2019 Richard held the appointment of Bandmaster of the prestigious and historic Royal Hospital School in Suffolk where he was responsible for leading the 75 piece marching band, concert band, brass ensemble, orchestra and big band. During this time he led a performance of the school band for HM The Queen in Newmarket.
In September 2019 Richard assumed his current role as Lecturer in Music (Classical Performance and Conducting) at the University of Salford.
Outside of work, he has conducted local brass bands, is a Musical Director of the Suffolk Concert Band and plays trombone with the Ipswich Musicians’ Union Big Band. Richard is also the Founding Owner of Blast Off Brass, a workshop-based Key Stage 2 beginner brass project.
Richard has performed at the Royal Albert Hall as a soloist in 2003, and twice as a conductor. He composed The Forces Anthem to Her Majesty which was performed by over 3,000 Service personnel in the presence of Her Majesty The Queen on the occasion of her Diamond Jubilee celebrations, and his original composition, Am Sailing To Westward, which depicts in words and music the fateful story of HMS Trinidad, was performed live at the Mountbatten Festival of Music in 2012. His latest work, Sleep, Beneath the Wave, dedicated to the 101 Royal Hospital School alumni who died at the Battle of Jutland in 1916 was premiered in July 2016 in the presence of HRH The Duke of York and The Honourable Nick Jellicoe, grandson of Admiral Sir John Jellicoe, commander of the Royal Navy’s Grand Fleet during World War One.
Richard’s hobbies include filling his garage with motorbikes and creative writing. He lives in Suffolk with his wife Steph, and children Katie, Ben and Ella.
Level 4, 5 & 6 conducting, SUSW and SUBB
Qualifications and Memberships
BMus(Hons) MMus FRSM AMusTCL