Richard trained at the Royal College of Music between 1982 and 1985, studying piano with David Ward and violin with Maria Lidka. He soon developed a strong interest in teaching and piano accompaniment and gained RCM teaching diplomas on both instruments before graduating in 1985. Following a PGCE teacher training year in Devon, Richard was appointed Director of Music at Beresford House School, Eastbourne. Further Director of Music posts at Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys and Newlands Manor School, Seaford took Richard to 2006 when he decided to focus on his piano teaching, accompanying and examining work.
As well as examining for the ABRSM, Richard is Head of Keyboard at Eastbourne College and also teaches piano at St Ronan’s School, Hawkhurst.