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About Richard

Classically trained, Richard's genres include Classical, Musical Theatre, Rat Pack, Folk and Popular ballads.
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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. Previous engagements include :- Birmingham Symphony Hall The Hurlingham Club Leeds Rhinos and Wasps Rugby Stadiums Headingley Cricket Ground Three Tenors Concert Opera Holland Park Glastonbury Festival Bimringham NEC London Hilton, Metropole and Lancaster Hotels Post Office Tower Orient Express Birmingham NEC Rhine River Cruises BBC1, Channel 5, Sky TV 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
Encore awards
Lightning fast responses
4th Encoreversary
Saved the day!
Booked for 5 Encore gigs!
Musicianship
Genres:
Classical, Jazz, Folk, Classical crossover, Film / TV music, Opera, Musical theatre, 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, Swing, Acoustic, Vintage, World music, German music, Italian music, Welsh folk, Covers, Scottish music, Contemporary Christian, Traditional church music, Christmas, 1980s era music, Irish rock, Cabaret, Easy listening, Military
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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, Virtual event
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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 Changes Everything Memory Any Dream Will Do Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again (Sop) The Phantom of the Opera 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 With a Little Bit of Luck Edelweiss Stranger in Paradise I Could Have Danced All Night (Sop) Mad Dogs and Englishmen
More Recent Musicals
Thankyou for the Music from Mamma Mia
You'll Be Back from Hamilton Can’t Take My Eyes Off You & Oh What A Night from Jersey Boys Grease Medley
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 from Hamilton
You'll Never Walk Alone from Carousel
A Million Dreams from The Greatest Showman
Some Enchanted Evening from South Pacific
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 :
Puccini (Nessun Dorma, Recondita Armonia, Che Gelida Manina)
Verdi (La Donna E Mobile, Di Provenza, Pieta Rispetto Amore, Va Pensiero (Chorus of Hebrew Slaves)) Bizet (Toreador Song, Pearlfishers Duet) Giordano Amor Ti Vieta
Mozart (Non Piu Andrai, Madamina, Der Vogelfanger, La Ci Darem, Der Vogelfanger, La Ci Darem (with Sop), In Diesen Heilgen Hallen, Ein Madchen Oder Weibchen) Operetta (Merry Widow Waltz, Student Prince, You Are My Hearts Delight, I’ll Walk With God, I’m off To Chez Maxim, Can Can ) G&S (The Pirate King, Policeman, Modern Major General, Tit Willow, As Someday It May Happen,) 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 ( Standchen, Die Forelle, An Die Musik, Du Bist Die Ruh Der Erlkonig), Loewe (Tom Der Reimer, Der Nock)
Also Popular songs and ballads Including :
One Day Like This – Elbow
Happy – Pharrell
Angels - Robbie Williams
Love Me Tender / You Were Always On My Mind - Elvis Presley
I Will Always Love You - Whitney Houston
Fields of Gold - Sting
Fix You / The Scientist / In My Place - Coldplay
Your Song, Candle in the Wind - Elton John
American Pie – Don McClean
Delilah, It's Not Unusual, Green Green Grass - Tom Jones
Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran
Three Times A Lady, Easy, All Night Long – 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
And I Love Her / Yellow Submarine / Yesterday – The Beatles
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 Vieni Sul Mar Santa Lucia 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
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))
Brown Eyed Girl
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
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)£200
Up to 1 hour£250
Up to 2 hours£260
Up to 3 hours£300

Add-ons

DJ set
+£80
Pianist or extra singer
+£250

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Ben A, 2 months ago

What a wonderful evening, Richard got everyone involved and the feedback we have had, everyone has said what a wonderful evening he made it, got everyone singing along. I would not hesitate to recommend Richard or use hime again, great vocals wonderful range of music and capped of a fantastic evening, we only had a few people I'm sure he would be just as good or even better at a bigger venue

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Mandy D, 11 months ago

I booked Richard to sing at my mothers funeral service. As we were not allowed to sing in church ourselves due to Covid restrictions I felt this would bring a little ‘normality’. I could not be happier with this decision. Richard s voice, style and performance brought something dignified and uplifting to the celebration of her life. Everyone present has paid compliments. His voice was perfect fit our chosen songs. Richard is a true professional who I am sure can bring something special to any occasion. I can highly recommend him. Thank you

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Mrs O, 2 years 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, 2 years 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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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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