Richard's directing the Choir of Christ Church Southgate in a performance of Parry's My Soul There is A Country. You can see more videos of Christ Church on their YouTube Channel: ChristChurchN14

Richard's debut recording with the Choir of Christ Church Southgate - The Heavenly Architect.


​​​​Based in north London, Richard Brain is a specialist Choral Conductor, whose portfolio includes Director of Music of Christ Church Southgate, Musical Director of Barnet Choral Society and Bishop's Stortford Choral Society, and Vocal Coach for the Twyford Church of England Academies Trust. Richard directs hundreds of singers on a weekly basis, exploring music from Renaissance polyphony and madrigals, Baroque classics and the great oratorios to works for children's choirs and modern commissioned works.

He studied Choral Conducting on the renowned MA Course at the Royal Academy of Music where he was awarded the Irene Burcher Prize in 2013. Previously, Richard was a Choral Scholar in Gloucester and then Exeter Cathedral Choirs, before singing as a Lay Clerk in St Albans Cathedral. 


Upcoming Concerts


​​Saturday 2nd December, 7.30pm
Mass in B Minor, Bach

Daisy Walford, soprano

Helen Stanley, mezzo-soprano

Richard Robbins, tenor

Angus McPhee, bass

Richard Brain, conductor

Bishop's Stortford Choral Society

Bishop's Stortford Sinfonia

Venue: ​All Saint's Hockerill, Bishop's Stortford

Saturday 16th December, 7.30pm
Barnet Choral Society Christmas Concert

Richard Brain, conductor
Kate Macpherson, organ
Barnet Choral Society

Venue: St John the Baptist, Chipping Barnet

An evening of classic carols and Christmas tunes including works by Bob Chilcott and John Rutter.

Sunday 17th December, 4pm
Carol Singing with Pam Rhodes and the Choir of Christ Church Southgate

Pam Rhodes leads an entertaining afternoon with fascinating stories and personal insights to some of our best loved Christmas Carols. With music provided by the Choir of Christ Church Southgate under the director of Richard Brain.

"Richard Brain must be congratulated again for his skilful musical direction and sensitive handling     of this highly-charged work" - Review of the Music Makers, Herts and Essex Observer

Saturday 8th July, 2017

Dixit Dominus Handel

Four Coronation Anthems Handel 

Magnificat Buxtehude

​"I was delighted to sit through a really enjoyable, spirited and, thanks to the excellent interpretation and clarity of direction of their conductor, Richard Brain, stylistically accurate performance of this exciting setting of Psalm 110."

Emily Armour, soprano
Daisy Walford, soprano
Magid El-Bushra, counter-tenor
Richard Robbins, tenor
Michael Craddock, bass
Richard Brain, conductor
Bishop's Stortford Choral Society
Bishop's Stortford Sinfonia

Click here to read Andrew Bruce (Director of Music Bishop's Stortford College) review of Bishop's Stortford Choral Society's end of season baroque spectacular under the baton of Richard.

Saturday 21st May, 2016
We Are The Music Makers

"Bishop's Stortford Choral Society together with Hertfordshire Philharmonia, soloists Helen Stanley and Nick Beever, all under the baton of Richard Brain, proved they were indeed music makers of the highest calibre in their splendid and uplifting concert."

Click here to read Christopher Benham's full review of Richard Brain and Bishop's Stortford Choral Society in the Herts and Essex Observer.

Full Programme:
The Music Makers, Elgar

Academic Festival Overture, Brahms

Five Mystical Songs, Vaughan Williams
Four Sacred Motets, Bruckner

Helen Stanley, mezzo soprano
Nick Beever, baritone
Richard Brain, conductor
Bishop's Stortford Choral Society
Hertfordshire Philharmonia

Saturday 12th December, 2015
Weihnachts Oratorium, ​Bach

"Richard Brain has clearly worked his choir hard; the attack was firm and precise, the words were clear and concentration was maintained throughout."

​​​Click here to read a review of Richard's debut performance with Bishop's Stortford Choral Society in the Herts and Essex Observer by Richard Lewin.

Emily Armour, soprano

Helen Stanley, alto

​Ruairi Bowen, tenor

Bozidar Smiljanic, bass

Richard Brain, conductor

Musica Donum Dei

Bishop's Stortford Choral Society

Further reviews of Richard's performances with Bishop's Stortford Choral Society can be found on their website:

Concert Reviews