Richard is a composer, conductor and educator and reviewer.
His works include operas, several large-scale works for orchestra and chorus and music for theatre and film. He has received commissions from English National Opera, Welsh National Opera, The Lindsay Quartet, The Three Choirs Festival, The Norfolk and Norwich Festival, The Vienna Festival and Festival of Arts and Ideas in Connecticut, USA. His music has been performed and broadcast widely in the UK, Europe, Australia and the USA, notably at the Chor Biennale in Amsterdam, The New Victory Theatre on Broadway and The Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, National Portrait Gallery, Barbican Centre and Royal Festival Hall in London.
Richard has devised several new works for children and people identifying with a disability. His music for the film Through Listening Eyes for Welsh National Opera was awarded first prize in the Picture This Festival in Calgary, Canada and was also shown at film festivals in Dieppe, France and Victoria, Australia.
Richard moved to South Australia with his family in 2005, and has worked as a lecturer in Music at UniSA, a visiting lecturer in choral music at the Elder Conservatorium and as conductor of the Adelaide Harmony Choir. Richard gives regular lectures and pre-concert talks for the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and was guest speaker for four major productions in the 2010 Adelaide Festival of the Arts. In 2009, Richard’s choral-theatre work The Shouting Fence, received a new production in the Adelaide Festival Fringe with the Tutti Ensemble and State Opera of South Australia. His youth opera Daughter of the Sea, written with childrens’ author Berlie Doherty, was performed in the 2009 Come Out Festival. In 2010, Richard performed in and musically directed Vesalius: A Requiem at RIAus. His composition Stari Most, a work for chamber orchestra, soloists and childrens’ chorus, was presented as the culmination of the Come Out Festival in 2011.