Richard a former student at The Royal College of Music spent his early days as a professional musician aboard cruise ships. He freelanced playing both classical (London Sinfonietta, London Philharmonic, English Touring Opera, Glyndbourne Opera) and jazz.
The many bands with which he has played include The Big Chris Barber Band, Pasadena Roof Orchestra, Charleston Chasers, Mike Westbrook, and The Grahamaphones. Richard has also worked in the 'pop' scene for artists as diverse as PJ Proby and Pete Waterman, and stage shows such as Five Guys Called Mo.
Richards' band can perform from a duo up to a quartet playing familiar listenable jazz. with various lineups including saxophone, piano, bass, drums.