Richard is well-known for his work throughout the country as a musical director, vocal coach, pianist, arranger and conductor. He works at Ara Institute of Canterbury where he was recently 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.
His musical direction credits for The Court Theatre include 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; Side By Side By Sondheim; Grease; End of the Rainbow; Blood Brothers; Mary Poppins; and Legally Blonde the Musical.
Other musical direction credits include Mame; The King and I; Sweet Charity; Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat; West End to Broadway I, II and III; Les Misérables; 42nd Street; Fiddler on the Roof; Annie; Into The Woods; Jesus Christ Superstar; Urinetown; Beauty and the Beast; The Witches of Eastwick; Cats; Chicago; Curtains; Buddy; Avenue Q; Hair; Spring Awakening; The Phantom of the Opera; Miss Saigon; Mamma Mia!; Hairspray; Ragtime; Evita and Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.
He has conducted and arranged for Showbiz Christchurch, Wellington Musical Theatre, ARTCO, Dunedin Operatic, Invercargill Musical Theatre, Wellington Vector Orchestra 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 is often found working as producer and arranger on a number of recording projects. Richard’s work with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra has included seasons of Starry Nights and Classical Sparks in Hagley Park and the popular concert productions Oh, Danny Boy; Broadway Broads; Rodgers and Hammerstein; Bernstein and Sondheim; and The Magical Music of Disney. Recently he completed the musical supervision, programming, tracks and arrangements for the New Zealand consortium touring productions of Hairspray; The Phantom of the Opera; Mamma Mia!; Evita; and Sister Act.