Richard’s playing history prior to playing with Lindley consists of Aberystwyth Silver Band, National Youth Brass Band of Wales, National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain and Brighouse & Rastrick Brass Band.
Having played 15 years with Brighouse he took a sabbatical from playing in 2011 only to return to playing with Lindley during 2014. One of the main reasons for the sabbatical was an increasing work load as a brass teacher with the ACCENT Music Education Hub, where Richard was responsible for delivering whole class brass, small group, individual and SEN tuition and the main conductor for the ACCENT Community Wind Band. In 2017/18 he completed a PGCE in Primary school teaching and at present I am working as both a supply teacher and 1:1 tutor in a Pupil Referral Unit. Music continues to be a large part of Richard’s life and he enjoys a vast array of different types of music from folk, classical, rock and, of course, brass band. Two of his passions are jazz music and vinyl records. He has been a jazz fan since he was a teenager and has a large collection of recordings, primarily of stars such as Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Wynton Marsalis, Thelonious Monk and the group Loose Tubes alongside a vast collection of brass band and jazz vinyl, the oldest being from 1910. If you want to know something unexpected about Richard, he is a self- confessed musical hoarder. He collects instruments and enjoys going around charity shops, car boots and house clearances to feed this habit!