Musical Director

Richard Harker

Richard is musical director of The Hythe Singers, Hampton Choral Society, Henley Choral Society, Henley Youth Choir and Parenthesis. He is Chorus Master at Opera Holland Park, singing lead at Beechview Academy, High Wycombe and a music teacher at Sir William Borlase Grammar School in Marlow. Richard also works extensively as an organist and accompanist, performing regularly with soprano Christine Cunnold.

At Opera Holland Park Richard has worked on La Traviata, Eugene Onegin (Assistant Conductor & Chorus Master), Carmen, La Bohème, Don Giovanni, Cosi Fan Tutte, Le Nozze di Figaro; Manon Lescaut and Un ballo in maschera (Chorus Master), Pirates of Penzance (Chorus Master and Assistant Repetiteur). Other operatic engagements have included L’Elisir d’amore for West Green House Opera (Chorus Master), HMS Pinafore for Windsor and Eton Opera (Conductor), Terterian’s Fire Ring at the Grimeborn Festival with London Armenian Opera (Conductor), Schumann-devised opera Unknowing and Menotti’s The Telephone with Teatime Opera (Musical Director), and Jonathan Hervey’s Passion and Resurrection at the Voices of London Festival (Conductor).

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 or walking his cocker spaniel Louis.
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