Richard's love of music was born whilst a chorister at Westminster Cathedral, under the direction of Colin Mawby. Later on, armed with a music degree from University College Cardiff, he secured a job in the marketing department of the Philharmonia Orchestra. This led to an appointment as Marketing Manager at Rhinegold Publishing where he promoted magazines such as Classical Music, Music Teacher and Opera Now. His current day job is as Head of Licensing at International Theatre & Music, marketing a portfolio of musicals to professional, amateur and educational markets around the world.

Richard joined the Philharmonia Chorus in 1990 and remained a member of the tenor section for more than 15 years. An elected position to the Council of Management, held for several years, led to his being appointed Chairman of the Chorus from 1999-2002.

In December 2004 he founded Tredici Chamber Choir, following an invitation from his wife to put together a choir for the Leprosy Mission Carol Service. There were 13 singers at that first event – hence Tredici. The choir is resident at St Giles in the Fields in Holborn and, over the subsequent 11 years, its membership has evolved into the current group of around 35 - all of whom are experienced singers drawn from a variety of leading London choirs including the Philharmonia Chorus, BBC Symphony Chorus and London Symphony Chorus.

Richard was appointed Organist and Musical Director of St Matthew's Church Choir, Ealing Common in September 2005 after 15 years as a singer in the church. This affords him regular opportunities to unearth and conduct forgotten gems with the loyal singers there and also provides an incentive to improve his self-taught organ-playing.

In 2009 he attained a Diploma in Choral conducting from the Association of British Choral Directors.