Richard was a chorister at Gloucester Cathedral and began composing at a young age. Guided by the Cheltenham-based composer Tony Hewitt-Jones whilst he was still at school, he later went on to study music in London, receiving his South Bank debut with 8 'til Late (8 hands on 2 pianos) performed at the South Bank Centre in 2001 by Piano 40. The work was later released on CD by Regent Records and his multi-hand piano works have been performed in the United States, Europe and Asia.
He has composed music inspired by works of art, most notably Circus! based on the Circus Prints by the late Eric James Mellon, and Annunciation based on the painting of the same name by American artist, John Collier.
Richard also works with samples, historical recordings and visual media. His orchestral work Icarus was used alongside a short animated film. Richard received his New York debut in 2013 with the micro-opera Bucca, a piece that formed the basis of the 20 minute multimedia piece, Edge of the World, a collaborative project that won a 2016 Gorsedth Kernow award.
Richard continues to combine experimental works such as Underworld performed at the University of Bremen in 2014 by Juan María Solare, with contemporary choral and instrumental compositions.
Recent projects have included Tronow, a new 8 hands on 2 pianos piece that received a first performance at the South Bank Centre in 2018, the score for the short audiobook story The Silence of Snow and two new anthems for SATB. His Missa Brevis was featured at the 2018 London Festival of Contemporary Church Music and is to be published by Banks Music Publishing.