Richard is musical director of The Hythe Singers, Hampton Choral Society, the Wallace Singers and Teatime Opera. He is chorus master for Opera Holland Park, and assistant conductor of Dulwich Chamber Choir. Richard is a co-founder and artistic director of the Voices of London Festival, and is a music teacher and choir leader at the Oratory Prep School, Oxfordshire.
Recent conducting engagements have included Terterian’s Fire Ring at the Grimeborn Festival (London Armenian Opera); Schumann-devised opera Unknowing; Menotti’s The Telephone (Teatime Opera); La Bohème, Don Giovanni, La Traviata and Cosi Fan Tutte as chorus master for Opera Holland Park. Richard returns to OHP in 2019 as chorus master for Manon Lescaut and Un ballo in maschera.
Richard graduated with an MA in Choral Conducting from the Royal Academy of Music, receiving the Thomas Armstrong Prize. He read music at, and was organ scholar of Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, where he received the Swinburne Prize. When not making music, he is usually found down his allotment.
Composer and musical coordinator Rosamund Hatfield studied at Cambridge and Boston Universities under Martin Amlin, Brett Abigana and Jeremy Thurlow. Her work is eclectic, drawing from the ancient to the contemporary. Rosamund has worked with groups such as The Sixteen, The Monteverdi Choir and English Touring Opera. Current roles include management of Siglo de Oro, General Manager of Highbury Young Singers and Manager of the St Peter’s Concert Series.
Helen Smee grew up in East London, starting piano lessons aged five. She studied Music at Peterhouse, Cambridge and Choral Conducting at the Royal Academy of Music, graduating with the Alan Kirby Prize. Helen is Director of Music at St Mary’s Merton, Director of youth choir Middle Ground and is active as a freelance conductor, organist and accompanist in London.