Richard is well-known throughout the country for his work as a musical director, vocal coach, pianist, arranger and conductor. He recently completed a Master of Arts in Music and has his Licentiate from the Royal Schools of Music. He works at Ara Institute of Canterbury where he was appointed as Manager – Performing Arts, and oversees the degree programmes offered by the National Academy of Singing and Dramatic Art (NASDA) and Ara Music Arts.
He has conducted and arranged for Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, Showbiz Christchurch, Wellington Musical Theatre, ARTCO, Dunedin Operatic, Wellington Vector Orchestra, Invercargill Musical Theatre and the Choral Federation, and arranged for the Christchurch City and Orpheus Choirs. Several of his orchestrations have been recorded with the NZSO and he has a busy schedule working as producer and arranger on a number of recording projects. Richard’s work with the CSO has included seasons of Starry Nights and Classical Sparks and the popular concert productions, Oh, Danny Boy, Broadway Broads, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Bernstein & Sondheim and The Magical Music of Disney.
For the past year he has been collaborating with the well-known Broadway artist Liz Callaway on an exciting project which culminated in some recording sessions with her in Christchurch.
His numerous musical direction credits for theatre include Mame, The King and I, Sweet Charity, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Tell Me on a Sunday, WestEnd to Broadway I, II, and III, Les Misérables, My Fair Lady, 42nd Street, Fiddler on the Roof, Annie, Urinetown, Grease, Disney's Beauty and the Beast, The Witches of Eastwick, Buddy, Spring Awakening, CATS, Hair, Chicago, Jesus Christ Superstar, Into the Woods, Curtains, Avenue Q, Miss Saigon, Ragtime, Mamma Mia!, Hairspray, Evita, The Phantom of the Opera, Priscilla Queen of the Desert and the New Zealand theatre company premiere of Wicked.
He has been musical director with The Court Theatre for My Fair Lady, South Pacific, The Rocky Horror Show, The Sound of Music, Jerry’s Girls, Oliver!, Guys and Dolls, The Producers, La Cage aux Folles, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change!, Cabaret, Anything Goes, Side by Side by Sondheim, End of the Rainbow, Grease, Blood Brothers, Mary Poppins, Legally Blonde and Chicago.
Recently he completed the musical supervision, tracks and arrangements for the NZ Consortium touring productions of Hairspray, The Phantom of the Opera, Evita, Sister Act and Mamma Mia!
- 1998: WestEnd to Broadway
- 2000: WestEnd to Broadway II
- 2001: Les Misérables
- 2002: 42nd Street
- 2002: Fiddler on the Roof
- 2004: Grease
- 2005: Jesus Christ Superstar
- 2005: WestEnd to Broadway III
- 2006: CATS