Richard studied Choral Conducting under Patrick Russill and Cathal Garvey on the MA course at the Royal Academy of Music, where he was awarded the Irene Burcher Prize upon graduation  in 2013. He subsequently gained his LRAM in 2016.

Since February 2013, Richard has been Director of Music at Christ Church Southgate, home to north London's finest voluntary liturgical choir. Singing a large range of cathedral-standard repertoire from across the centuries, the choir is one of the few remaining in north London to sing two services every Sunday, including full BCP Choral Evensong. Richard has responsibility for the choral direction and vocal tuition of the 16 boy and girl choristers aged between 8 and 16, and the 25 strong adult mixed choir. He has led the choir to sing at some of the country's most beautiful and ancient places of worship such as Ely, Peterborough, St David's, Winchester and St Paul's Cathedrals, as well as St George's Chapel Windsor and Westminster Abbey. Richard also directed the choir for their first CD recording in ten years, The Heavenly Architect, released in early 2017.

Under Richard's direction the choir have expanded their repertoire to include liturgical works by the great English Renaissance masters as well as perform an exciting series of Baroque and Classical oratorios accompanied by the church's resident orchestra, the Bach Sinfonia, including Bach Christmas Oratorio, Handel Messiah and Ode for St Cecilia's Day, Haydn Creation, and Vivaldi Gloria. Richard has also conducted the choir for a performance of Handel Chandos Anthem ​O Praise the Lord one Consent with Adrian Butterfield and players from the London Handel Orchestra.

​​Director of Music | Christ Church Southgate

​​​​​Conductor | Vocal Coach | Workshop Leader

Since September 2018 Richard has been Director of Chapel Music at The Peterborough School, which is part of the Woodard Trust. He is responsible for directing the school chapel choirs and for providing music for the school's weekly services. Previously Richard was the Vocal Coach for the Twyford Church of England Academies School Trust in the West London borough of Ealing, working for the Trust's schools in Acton, Ealing and Greenford. 

Richard is passionate about the versatility of a cappella singing and has conducted a number of extended unaccompanied works including Howells Take Him Earth for Cherishing, Martin Mass for Double Choir, and Vaughan Williams Mass in G Minor. Future programmed repertoire features Duruflé Requiem, Haydn The Seasons, Holst Two Songs Without Words, Mozart Great Mass in C minor​, Parry Blest Pair of Sirens, Smyth Mass in D, Vaughan Williams Dona Nobis Pacem and Serenade to Music. Premiered works conducted include Jonathan Rathbone's new major concert commission, A Day at the Fair, with Barnet Choral Society in 2015.

RSCM London Area Committee

In addition being an RSCM Awards Examiner, Richard was previously  the Deputy Chair and Education and Training Officer for the RSCM London Area Committee, from 2014-2018. In this role he has organised events for the RSCM committee including Award training days, a conducting Masterclass with Patrick Russill, a composers and arrangers workshop led by Paul Ayres, and a joint singers and instrumentalists workshop day with Noël Tredinnick. Since 2015 he has co-directed the London Area's annual Young Voices Festival alongside Alison Fisher, bringing choristers from across the London diocesan to sing joint services together. Additionally, Richard coordinated arrangements for the 2017 RSCM London Area Festival in St Paul's Cathedral under the direction of Andrew Carwood.

Major works conducted include Bach Christmas Oratorio, Mass in B minor, and St John Passion, Brahms Academic Festival Overture and Ein deutsches Requiem​, Elgar The Music Makers, Handel Dixit Dominus and Messiah, Haydn Creation, Mendelssohn Elijah, Mozart Requiem, Poulenc Gloria, Vaughan Williams A Sea Symphony, and Walton Belshazzar's Feast.

Additionally in demand as a workshop leader, Richard has led events including Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Choruses, Lift Up Your Heads: Exploring Handel's Messiah, and A Song For All Seas: Discovering A Sea Symphony. He also runs workshops on singing technique and intonation using repertoire from the Renaissance era.

​As Musical Director of Barnet and Bishop's Stortford Choral Societies, Richard is equally comfortable directing singers and instrumentalists on a large or small scale. He is also a guest conductor of the well respected St Albans based chamber choir Carillon, and directs his own occasional ensemble, Knightley Voices. He previously directed the de Merc Chamber Choir of Harlow, the Sine Nomine Singers of Hillingdon, and the Exeter University Gilbert and Sullivan Society. Richard has conducted orchestras including the London Mozart Players, Amadeus Orchestra, Bach Sinfonia, Bishop's Stortford Sinfonia, and Hertfordshire Philharmonia as well as the baroque period ensemble Musica Donum Dei.

RICHARD BRAIN

CONDUCTOR