Richard was born in Cape Town, South Africa in 1970. He moved to Dublin, Ireland at the age of 6, and then to England in 1984. He graduated from Goldsmiths' College in 1992 with a degree in Music (and a wife!), then studied for a further year to obtain his PGCE, qualifying him as a teacher. He taught Music for 3 years before going freelance as a musician, working with Delirious (choral and string arrangements for 'King of Fools'), Graham Kendrick (choir director for 'Rumours of Angels' tour, 1997), David Lyle Morris and many others. In 1999 he moved back into education, and in 2001 became Head of Music at a school in Blackheath. In 2004 he moved to a school in Catford, but in 2005 he resigned in order to dedicate himself to his songwriting and playing. Richard has two sons (Ben and Matt) and one wife (Caro). They live in Brockley, South East London, and attend Brockley Community Church, where Richard often leads worship. Richard also plays with Melodius Thunk - a jazz band, and the Disco Knights - a function band. Additionally, he runs a small entertainments agency called Cygnet Entertainment.