Richard Moore read Music as Organ Scholar of St John’s College, Oxford, after which he took up a place at the Royal College of Music, studying Organ with David Graham. During his time at the RCM he was involved in the Historical Performance department, including the 24 Violons du Roi project, which culminated in an appearance at the 2012 BBC Proms. In 2013 he graduated from the MMus degree with distinction, attaining the Walford Davies prize in organ performance. Richard held the William and Irene Miller Organ Scholarship at St Paul’s Cathedral for two years, where, in addition to playing for services and training choristers, he also played at a number of important occasions, including the funeral of Baroness Thatcher.
After leaving St Paul’s, he spent a year as Acting Assistant Organist of St Martin-in-the-Fields, where he accompanied the three principal choirs in a varied liturgical and concert programme, and on Radio 3 and 4. A highlight of his time at St Martin’s was the service to commemorate the 70th anniversary of VJ Day, which took place in the presence of HM Queen Elizabeth II and other members of the royal family, and was broadcast on BBC television.
Richard took up the post of Sub Organist at Guildford Cathedral in August 2017, in which role he is responsible for articulating the day to day liturgies of the Cathedral, principally through accompanying the Cathedral Choir. Alongside his duties at the Cathedral, he maintains a vibrant musical relationship with Ellie Lovegrove as the Trumpet and Organ duo “Illumina”. Their 2017 recording, “Illuminations, Dances, and Poems”, received 4 stars in Organists Review, whilst Fanfare magazine reviewed the playing as ‘uniformly excellent’. A ‘technically very confident’ musician who finds ‘fine colours’ on the organ, Richard continues his studies with Bine Katrine Bryndorf, and holds the Soloist Diploma of the Royal Danish Academy of Music, where he was hailed as ‘a smouldering musician, with incredible rhythmic precision’. He has just completed the premiere recording of Philip Moore’s devotional sequence, Via Crucis, for release on the Convivium label in early 2023, and future projects include a performance of the complete works of Johann Sebastian Bach.