Musical Director

Musical Director

Richard Harker

The HCS is not only one of the largest choirs in Oxfordshire, it is immaculately turned out…and it always ‘delivers the goods.’

John Burleigh, Henley Standard

Richard is musical director of The Hythe Singers, Hampton Choral Society, Henley Choral Society and Parenthesis. He is singing lead at Beechview Academy, High Wycombe.

Richard has been musical director for Fire Ring (London Armenian Opera); Unknowing; The Telephone (Teatime Opera); HMS Pinafore (Windsor and Eton Opera). At Opera Holland Park he has been Chorus Master for La Bohème, 2016, Don Giovanni 2017, La Traviata; Cosi Fan Tutte 2018, Manon Lescaut; Un ballo in maschera 2019; Nozze di Figaro; Pirates of Penzance 2021. Also at Opera Holland Park he has been Assistant Conductor and Chorus Master for La Traviata 2021.

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 on his allotment, or walking his dog, Louis.