Director of Music
Our Director of Music
Born and raised in in the Midlands, Richard is a composer, organist, accompanist, teacher, trombonist and jazz pianist now living in Reading. He is an MA in composition, and has released two successful library music albums with Joseph Weinberger’s media label.
Richard grew up in the church music tradition, playing organ for his vicar father as a teenager and singing in the choirs of Derby Cathedral and Queens’ College Cambridge. Before St. Andrew’s he was Director of Music at Earley St. Peter’s. He has also conducted numerous orchestras, and particularly enjoys big band music, as a player, director and writer.
Richard taught secondary music for twenty years, in which time he nurtured a great many students who have gone on to forge various successful careers in music and is a strong promoter of composition by young people. Since 2011 he has seen 100% of the musicians he helped prepare for Oxbridge applications gain offers to study there. Richard’s other creative outlets include “Rich Meehan Trio”. Two of the band’s tracks have been featured on Jazz FM. He also gigs widely in the South-east with various other jazz and function ensembles.