Well-known for his work in music as a musical director, vocal coach, arranger and pianist, Richard previously also worked at Ara Institute of Canterbury where he was manager of the degree programmes offered by the National Academy of Singing and Dramatic Art (NASDA) and Ara Music Arts.
He has conducted and arranged for production companies, choirs and orchestras throughout New Zealand and he has a busy schedule working as producer and arranger on a number of recording and theatrical projects. His most recent work conducting the CSO included The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, The Magical Music of Disney as well as numerous Starry Nights in Hagley Park.
His musical direction credits for theatre include Mame, The King And I, Sweet Charity, Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, West End To Broadway I, II and III, Les Miserables, My Fair Lady, 42ND Street, Fiddler On The Roof, Annie, Grease, Into The Woods, Jesus Christ Superstar, Urinetown, Beauty And The Beast, The Witches Of Eastwick, Cats, Chicago, Curtains, Hair, Pippin, Buddy, Avenue Q, Spring Awakening, Miss Saigon, The Phantom of the Opera, Ragtime, Mamma Mia!, Hairspray, Evita, Wicked, Priscilla, and We Will Rock You. With The Court Theatre he has been musical director 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!, Anything Goes, Cabaret, Grease, Side By Side By Sondheim, End of the Rainbow and Blood Brothers, Mary Poppins, Songs for Nobodies, Legally Blonde, Chicago and Jesus Christ Superstar. He has designed and supervised the musical solutions for the current New Zealand tours of Hairspray, Phantom of the Opera, Mamma Mia, Sister Act, We Will Rock You and Evita.
In September 2019, Richard was appointed as Artistic Director of the Christchurch choir, The Vocal Collective.