Richard began hammering on a piano and composing tunes at an early age, but was diverted into a computer science degree.
He went on to study electronic music at the Royal College of Music and then to complete a postgraduate degree in composition and software.
Whilst pursuing these studies, he supported himself by playing keyboards with various jazz, rock and soul bands, and as a freelance composer of music for Dance (London Contemporary Dance Theatre) and Theatre (the National Theatre). Eventually work in the more lucrative world of television made it possible to set up a studio.
He got the last staff composer job at the BBC’s renowned Radiophonic Workshop and worked there for eleven years, before the department was closed down - allowing Richard to return to his roots as a freelance composer, based once again in his own studio