Richard is the chief music critic and chief cultural writer of The Times. He has worked in journalism since leaving Cambridge University, and held positions on various music magazines before joining The Times in 1984. From 1990 to 2000 he was the paper’s arts editor. He also writes a monthly column for the BBC Music Magazine and broadcasts regularly on BBC Radio 3. His centenary history of the London Symphony Orchestra, published by Faber in 2004, received much acclaim.
In his spare time he is an organist and choir leader, having been director of music at Hendon St Mary’s Parish Church in north London for the past 42 years.