about Richard Parry

Richard Parry is a singer, actor and writer.

Richard studied singing with Mark Wildman, Head of Voice at London’s Royal Academy of Music, and has gone on to sing in concert, recital and opera.

His award winning writing and performances have entertained audiences across Britain and Europe.

Passionate about British song, Richard has developed a new art form, the Dramatic Song Recital, to promote British music and encourage new audiences for the compelling world of art songs.

London Fringe Theatre Awards - best comedy
Edinburgh Festival fringe - British Gas Theatre Award
London 'Time Out' award.

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Richard, from Pembrokeshire in south-west Wales, studied singing with Mark Wildman, Beatrice Unsworth and Paul Wade and has a degree in music from the University of Sheffield.

Richard's work as an actor and singer includes Falstaff in Henry IV, Henry V, Trofimov in The Cherry Orchard, Bedroom Farce, Jamaica Inn (Redgrave Theatre), Easton in The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists (directed Stephen Daldry; Crucible and national tour), Beorn in The Hobbit (Nottingham Playhouse and national tour), The Pardoner in Canterbury Tales (West York's Playhouse and European tour), Oberon in The Fairy Queen (English Bach FestivalĀ at the ROH and European tour) and with UK opera companies: Clonter Opera (The Barber of Seville, The Merry Widow, Clonter Farm and on tour), Jigsaw Opera (Carmen The Purcell Room, South Bank), British Youth Opera (The Thieving Magpie, Sadler's Wells and Edinburgh Festival Theatre) and Opera North (Don Carlos). Richard also sings oratorio and in concert, recently appearing as guest soloist with the top selling male voice choir, The Fron. In 2010 Richard created the new Dramatic Song Recital show An Act of Piracy, combining British sea songs in a swashbuckling adventure story that went from the Buxton Opera Festival fringe to highly acclaimed performances at both the Fishguard International Music Festival and Ripon International Festival.

Richard is passionate about young people having access to high quality classical music and has set up numerous educational projects, including organising an international music festival for a disadvantaged school community in Yorkshire, bringing in major artists including violinist Nicola Benedetti and jazz pianist Julian Joseph to work with and inspire young musicians and children without access to classical music. He is currently championing a Youth Music funded project for young people on a large housing estate, using classical singing as a medium for confidence building and community development.

Richard's writing includes the promenade play Three Men in a Boat (London Fringe Theatre Awards - Best Comedy & Edinburgh Festival Fringe - British Gas Theatre Award), the festival show The Three Musketeers (London Time Out award), the play Slugs and Angels (commissioned for the national Ruskin Festival 2005), comedy for Children's ITV, the musically illustrated lecture Poet's Love (an exploration of Schumann's song cycle Dichterliebe), adapting Tennyson's romantic poem Maud in the a dramatic recital with songs by Sir Arthur Somervell (Fishguard International Music Festival).

Richard's videos

An introduction to the dramatic song recital

Trailer for 'An Act of Piracy'

A message from Noel Coward re the current financial crisis

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