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Leighton Buzzard
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Classically trained, Richard's genres include Classical, Musical Theatre, Rat Pack, Folk and Popular ballads.

This flexible, charismatic, eclectic singer was born in Sunderland. Richard’s musical background began with playing the Cello as well as playing Guitar in a rock band. Classically trained, he has performed a thousand times at Theatres, Operas, Functions, Music Festivals, Weddings, Corporate Events, and the like. Anything from Concert Halls to The London Hilton Park Lane, Private Parties and Weddings to Glastonbury Festival, Prom in the Park Events and Rugby Stadiums, to audiences from 20 to 20000. He is also an established Recording Artist, having sold well over 20000 albums independently. His music has been taken to Australia, Nepal, USA, Canada and all over Europe. He trained at Trinity College of Music, and is fluent in German, has good conversational French and Italian and has also sung in Spanish, Latin, Russian, Czech and Greenlandic.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I require car parking close to venues
I can perform with backing tracks
I can perform while walking around a venue
My equipment is PAT tested
I own a PA system
Musicianship
Genres:
Classical, Jazz, Folk, Pop, Classical crossover, Film / TV music, Opera, Musical theatre, 1920s era music, 1930s era music, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, 1970s era music, 1960s era music, Traditional English folk, Folk rock, Traditional Irish folk, Traditional Scottish folk, Latin jazz, Swing, Acoustic, Vintage, World music, German music, Italian music, Welsh folk, Covers, Scottish music, Greek music
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Instruments:
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Event types:
Private event, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Composer, Producer, Songwriter, Sound technician, Musical comedy, Actor, Singing teaching, MC
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Song list

Repertoire :
Absolutely hundreds and hundreds of songs, many bespoke – the list is growing.
Musical Theatre, including :
Lloyd Webber Music of the Night Love Never Dies Till I Hear You Sing Love Changes Everything Memory Any Dream Will Do Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again (Sop) The Phantom of the Opera Amigos Para Siempre (with Sop) All I Ask of You (with Soprano)
Les Miserables Stars Bring Him Home Empty Chairs at Empty Tables Do You Hear The People Sing Master of the House I Dreamed a Dream (Sop) Castle on a Cloud (Sop)
Early musicals Let’s Face The Music and Dance Nothing Like a Dame You’ve Got To Pick a Pocket Edelweiss Stranger in Paradise I Could Have Danced All Night (Sop) Mad Dogs and Englishmen
More Recent Musicals
Thankyou for the Music & Mamma Mia from Mamma Mia Anthem from Chess This is the Moment from Jekyll & Hyde Razzle Dazzle ‘Em from Chicago Can’t Take My Eyes Off You & Oh What A Night from Jersey Boys We are The Champions from We Will Rock You Always Look on the Bright Side of Life & The Song That Goes Like This from Spamalot
Dear Theodosia form Hamilton
You'll Never Walk Alone from Carousel
Rat Pack / Swing Jazz / Michael Buble, including :
My Way
Let There Be Love
Let's Face The Music
Fly Me To The Moon
New York, New York
Me & Mrs Jones
Home
Got You Under My Skin Let It Snow Everything Frosty the Snowman Santa Claus is Coming to Town Strangers in the Night Night And Day I Left My Heart in San Francisco
Fly Me To The Moon
Banana Boat Song (Harry Belafonte)
I'm Feeling Good
How D'Ya Like Your Eggs in the Morning
Besame Mucho
Everybody Loves Somebody
Sway
Opera, including :
Mozart (Non Piu Andrai, Madamina, Der Vogelfanger, La Ci Darem, Der Vogelfanger, Voi Che Sapete (Sop), La Ci Darem (with Sop), In Diesen Heilgen Hallen, Ein Madchen Oder Weibchen) Verdi (La Donna E Mobile, Di Provenza, Pieta Rispetto Amore, Va Pensiero (Chorus of Hebrew Slaves)) Bizet (Toreador Song, Pearlfishers Duet) Puccini (Nessun Dorma, Recondita Armonia, Vecchia Zimarra, O Mio Babbino (with Sop), E Lucevan Le Stelle, Che Gelida Manina) Giordano Amor Ti Vieta Operetta (Merry Widow Waltz, Student Prince, You Are My Hearts Delight, I’ll Walk With God, My Dear Marquis (Sop), I’m off To Chez Maxim, Can Can, Viljia (Sop), ) G&S (The Pirate King, Policeman, Modern Major General, Tit Willow, As Someday It May Happen, Poor Wandering One (Sop)) Sacred (Schubert’s Ave Maria, Gounod’s Ave Maria, Caccini’s Ave Maria, Panis Angelicus, Quanta Qualia, Pie Jesu, Cantique de Jean Racine, O Holy Night, Revenge Timotheus Cries, Goodall’s The Lord Is My Shepherd (Theme from Vicar of Dibley))
Lieder Schubert ( Die Schone Mullerin, Winterreise, Standchen, Die Forelle, An Die Musik, Du Bist Die Ruh Der Erlkonig), Loewe (Tom Der Reimer, Der Nock)
Also Popular songs and ballads Including :
Happy – Pharrell
Angels - Robbie Williams
Love Me Tender / You Were Always On My Mind - Elvis Presley
I Will Always Love You - Whitney Houston
I Just Called To Say I Love You - Stevie Wonder
Fields of Gold - Sting
Fix You / The Scientist / In My Place - Coldplay
Your Song, Candle in the Wind - Elton John
American Pie – Don McClean
Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran
All Of Me – John Legend
Amazed – Lonestar
Three Times A Lady & Easy – Lionel Ritchie
From Russia With Love, On Days Like These & Born Free – Matt Monro
Everyday / That'll Be The Day / Raining in my Heart – Buddy Holly
Three Times a Lady / Easy / All Night Long – Lionel Ritchie
And I Love Her / Yellow Submarine / Yesterday – The Beatles
One Day Like This – Elbow
He Ain't Heavy He's My Brother – The Hollies
International Folksongs, including :
Neapolitan / Italian O Sole Mio Funiculi Funicula Torna a Surriento Volare Core n’Grato Non ti Scordar Di Me O Paese d’o Sole L’Aprile Vieni Sul Mar Santa Lucia Spingole Frangese La Rondine al Nido
Malafemmena
Russian/Ukrainian Dark Eyes (Ochee Chorn’ye) Those Were The Days Kalinka Malinka
Scottish/Burns Nights My Love is Like a Red Red Rose Auld Lang Syne Ae Fond Kiss Loch Lomond Flower of Scotland 500 Miles & Letter From America (The Proclaimers) Irish Jigs/Scottish Reels (with Violinist only) Gay Gordon’s I Belong To Glasgow
Irish/St Patricks Danny Boy Fields of Athenrye Isle of Innisfree Sweet Sixteen You Raise Me Up The Irish Rover Dirty Old Town Irish jigs (with Violinist)) Carrickfergus
Forty Shades of Green
English / Last Night of Proms Jerusalem Land of Hope and Glory Hippopotamus Old Father Thames Scarborough Fair Gilbert &Sullivan Sea Shanties There’ll Always Be An England White Cliffs of Dover Rose of England English Country Garden
Welsh/St Davids Cwm Rhondda Calon Lan Land of my Fathers
Spanish/Latin American En Aranjuez Con Tu Amor Granada Tu Quieres Volver Cielito Lindo Nella Fantasia La Paloma La Bamba
German/Austrian Schubert (An Die Musik, Standchen, Die Forelle) Karl Loewe (Tom Der Reimer, Der Nock, Edward) Lehar (Merry Widow Waltz, You Are my Hearts Delight, Off To Chez Maxim’s) Wien Stadt Du Meiner Traume Student Prince (Serenade, Drinking Song, I’ll Walk With God)
Also Greek, French folksongs
Rock Opera, including :
Bedshaped (Keane)
Anarchy in the UK (Sex Pistols)
Chasing Cars (Snow Patrol)
No Surprises (Radiohead)
He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother (The Hollies)
Questa o Quella / Whatever You Want (Verdi / Status Quo)
I Will Always Love You (Whitney Houston)
Fire With Fire (Scissor Sisters)
We Are The Champions (Queen)
Coldplay compilation
Life on Mars (David Bowie)
Original compositions
Tributes, including :
Russell Watson You Raise Me Up The Prayer (duet) Nella Fantasia Caruso That’s Life Volare Funiculi Funicula Time To Say Goodbye O Sole Mio Torna Surriento Me & Mrs Jones Nessun Dorma Theme from Gladiators Va Pensiero from Nabucco Parla Piu Piano I’ll Walk With God Someone Like You (duet) Barcelona La Donna E Mobile Fly me To The Moon Caruso Amore e Musica Let There Be Love
Katherine Jenkins Hymn to the Fallen Time To Say Goodbye O Mio Babbino Caro Love Never Dies Hallelujah Calon Lan L’Amore Sei Tu O Holy Night The lord Is My Shepherd I Will Always Love You Vide Cor Meum O Mio Babbino Caro
Andre Rieu Blue Danube Merry Widow & all Viennese Bolero My Heart Will Go On Air on G String Toselli’s Serenade Havah Nagila
Bespoke songs.
On request.
Customer questions

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

You're booking me for the Event not for the exact timing of the songs etc.... Once there I'm happy to be flexible.

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

Yes I can. Either as background or to dance to. Let me know beforehand if you have any specific genres of music you prefer.

How much time do you need to set up?

I usually give myself one hour to set up and sound check, though it often takes less time. This set up time should be before the guests arrive and not before I sing, so I often need to wait around for a couple of hours after setting up.

Can I pick the pieces you play from the set list?

Of course you can. If you let me know beforehand I'm happy to add specific songs to my repertoire.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes (mics, PA etc...), up to audience sizes of about 150. For larger audiences I usually find there is a house PA I can use. If not let me know beforehand as I may need to hire some extra PA equipment for the night.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Yes no problem. The requests have been pretty eclectic (from Welsh Hymns to contemporary pop songs or a mixture of both) and sometimes in different languages - my classical training and knowledge of phonetics usually enables me to do this.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

My ability to engage with the audience and keep them entertained. Also my ability to offer a number of different styles of music in one performance.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Anything from the very small to the very large - from people's houses in front of 20 to Hotels to Birmingham Symphony Hall to Rugby Stadiums in front of 20,000.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Too many to mention.

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

I've performed at Birmingham Symphony Hall, Glastonbury Festival, all the Top Hotels in London, The Orient Express, Opera Holland Park, on TV and Radio to name a few.

Prices

Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£180
Up to 1 hour£220
Up to 2 hours£250
Up to 3 hours£300
Available services
DJ set
+£90
Pianist or extra singer
+£250

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Mrs O, 6 months ago

Richard Came to sing at our Golden Wedding Celebration on the 23rd March 19. His singing and professionalism made our evening a great success. We would highly reccommend him and wish him well in his future career. We were overwhelmed with positive comments which was nice to hear. Many thanks Richard for all your hard work. Margaret & Richard Ottley

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Claire E, 7 months ago

Richard was enjoyed by all of our guests for our St Patricks Day party. Versatile voice , ranging from Irish Ballads to modern day, we were also very lucky to enjoy his classical side. Thank you for an enjoyable evening.

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Parry C, 1 year ago

Richard, was simply superb! His range and energy was astonishing and, even more importantly, he connected with our guests, and adapted his set to suit their tastes and memories. Richard helped create an evening that will live long on the memory of all! Thank you Richard...

From other customers:

"The very first Music of the Night event was headlined by this versatile classically trained Opera singer at Sewerby Hall and Gardens. Set in a most enchanting of locations, hundreds of visitors of all ages enjoyed a breathtaking evening performance of popular Opera classics. Even the onset of the rain towards the end of the concert failed to dampen the crowds’ spirit as Richard’s magnificent voice echoed across Bridlington Bay. A night to be remembered by all." Myles Bacon, East Riding Council

"I booked Richard, Andrew and Elizabeth to present 'Classical Cabaret' at the Barrington Theatre, Ferndown without having seen their show before. I need not have worried - very professional with excellent voices and superb musicianship. An excellent show!" Manager, The Barrington Theatre, Ferndown, Hampshire.

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