Biography

Richard is a performing musician, TV presenter, composer and author – with a passion for showing how music works.

Musician
A classically-trained multi-instrumentalist, Richard has performed with various orchestras including Phantom of the Opera, Welsh Chamber Orchestra, the Emerald Ensemble, and the BBC Concert Orchestra. As a soloist, Richard has duetted with musicians such as Hugh Laurie and Tom Odell.

Presenter
Richard has presented more than 50 music films for the BBC’s primetime magazine show The One Show for which he has played drums with Dire Straits, sung barbershop at the International Barbershop Convention, climbed Ben Nevis with a piano (!), invented and conducted his own Ice Orchestra, conducted a Car Horn Concerto at a breakers’ yard, and re-recorded the operatic middle eight from Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody at Rockfield Studios. Richard is also a regular music contributor to BBC Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine Show.
As a voice-over artist Richard is signed to the agent Monster Voice.

Composer
Richard has composed numerous scores for TV. Scores have included BBC1’s The Truth About Antibiotics, three series of the long running obs-doc Animal Airport (Animal Planet/More4), and BAFTA Cymru-nominated One Tribe TV’s Richard Parks’ Extreme Wales. Richard’s music can be heard on channels across the world including BBC, C4, C5, Discovery Channel and Netflix. Outside of TV work, Richard was the first composer to write exclusively for the International Space Station, a 17-minute work which was played back by astronaut Samanta Cristoforetti in the stations’ cupola. As an arranger, Richard has written for the likes of the John Wilson Orchestra, Cerys Matthews, Sir Terry Wogan, Lee Mead and the Quartet Bond. For the BBC’s One Show, Richard has created countless bespoke arrangements and compositions including a mash-up of UK Eurovision hits, a 14-song medley of Elvis hits (which lasted for only 1 minute!) and the Wombles Theme in the style of Tchaikovsky. Richard has also worked as a string arranger for Goldfrapp’s Charlie Jones, and was one of the leading writers on a celebrity album for BBC Children in Need, recorded at Abbey Road.
Richard is signed to music publisher Accorder Music.

Author
Signed to London literary agent Watson Little, Richard is writing his first book, a pop science/music title exploring frequency.

Broadcast

2018 The ONE Show Climbing Ben Nevis with a Piano; The Railway Melody (with Black Sabbath’s Tommy Iommi); The Royal Wedding Trumpets; Mary Poppins Medley; A Shetland Seal Duet.
MusNewsTube – Haydn on Brexit (YouTube) – Writer/Performer
2017 The ONE Show Films – She’s Not There (with The Zombies); Busking the Underground; Wonderful World (UEFA Cup Special); Phil Tuffnell’s 12 Days of Christmas.
Jeremy Vine BBC Radio 2 Show – Musical Cheats – contributor
MusNewsTube – JS Bach’s Guide to Harmony (YouTube) – Writer/Performer
2016 The ONE Show Live studio: What’s the Name of the Gameshow (with Tom Odell). Films – Backwards Beatles; Fawlty Towers at 40; Money for Nothing (with Dire Straits); A Very Musical Bridge; The Fade-Out (with Graham Gouldman, 10CC); Somme 100; The One Show Orchestra (with BBC Concert Orchestra); Star Spangled Banner; Haunting Melodies; Jingle Jingle (with Roger Greenaway)
Jeremy Vine BBC Radio 2 Show – music contributor.
MusNewsTube – Vivaldi’s Four Seasons (YouTube) – Writer/Performer
2015 The ONE Show Live Studio: Eurovision Mash-up (MD), John Wilson Swing. Films – The Music of the Mary Rose; Mendelssohn in Scotland; Dad’s Army; The Barbershop Trilogy; Lullaby Bye; Do You Believe in Autotune?; Symphony in Bees; Bohemian Rhapsody; The Music of the Spheres; Christmas Bells Challenge; Westminster Chimes; Sumer Is Icumen In (at Latitude Festival).
Rhinegold Education Films GCSE Guide to Vivaldi film – writer/performer
Jeremy Vine BBC Radio 2 Show – music contributor
2014 The ONE Show Live studio: Beethoven’s 14; Elvis Medley (MD). Films – One Man Loop Orchestra; Chants Would Be a Fine Thing; Lift Music; The Ice Orchestra; Glassical Music; Mash-it Up; The Beep Symphony; The Glee Story; The Power of Reverb; Ice Cream Chimes; Beethoven’s 14
2013 The ONE Show Live Studio: Duet with Hugh Laurie. Films – Drivetime; Canine Concerto; Vamping; Child’s Play (with Mike Batt); Car Horn Concerto; Tuning Forkestra

Composer

2019 The Truth About Antibiotics (BBC1)
2019 Animal Airport Series (More 4)
2018 Richard Parks’ Everest (DVD Release)
2018 Mary Poppins Medley (BBC1)
2018 Rose From a Kiss (BBC1)
2018 Civilisations: The Remains of Slavery (BBC2)
2018 Richard Parks’ Extreme Wales Series 3 (BBC Wales)
2017 On the Road (Central China TV)
2017 The Lark Ascending Quartet (BBC1)
2017 Richard Parks’ Extreme Wales Series 2 (BBC Wales)
2017 Phil Tuffnell’s 12 Days of Christmas (BBC1)
2016 Richard Parks’ Extreme Wales Series 1 (BBC Wales)
2016 March of the Toreador (BBC Concert Orchestra)
2016 The Menai Bridge (BBC1)
2016 Can Britain Have a Pay Rise? (BBC2)
2016 EU Referendum: The Andrew Neil Debates (BBC1)
2015 Britain’s Medieval Vampires (C4/PBS)
2015 Music of the Spheres (for the International Space Station) (BBC1)
2015 Sumer Is Icumen In (BBC1)
2014 Thank You for The Music (for BBC Music Day) (BBC1)
2014 The One Show Swing (John Wilson Orchestra)
2014 Animal Airport Series 2 (Discovery Channel)
2014 In the Ice Midwinter (BBC1)
2013 Animal Airport Series 1 (Discovery Channel)
2012 Body Image (BBC2)
2011 The Grin Tales Musical
2009 Bandaged Together (arranger for BBC Children in Need album)

Performer

Violin/Viola player with numerous orchestras and recording studios:
Chamber Orchestra of Wales; Camerata Wales; Shabbey Road Studios
(Caerphilly); Emerald Ensemble; Bristol Ensemble; Entr’acte; Resonate Studios
(London); Phantom of the Opera Tour;
Multi-instrumentalist recording artist: violin/viola/double bass/French
horn/trumpet/bass guitar/drums/keyboard/vocals
Worked with likes of Larry Adler; Hugh Laurie; Tom Odell; Charlie Jones
(Goldfrapp); Stuart Bruce (Frankie Goes to Hollywood); AD Chivers (Peter
Gabriel); Dom Monks (Paul McCartney/Sir Tom Jones); Bond; Cerys Matthews;
Eartha Kitt; Karl Jenkins; Hayley Westenra; Guy Fletcher & John Illsley (Dire
Straits); Graham Gouldman (10CC); Rod Argent & Colin Blunstone (The
Zombies); recorded at major studios including Abbey Road, British Grove, Real
World, Maida Vale.

Other

2019 Author of Everybody Hertz (in development with literary agent Watson Little, London)
2017 Music Education Lecturer Keynote Education
2016 Associate Lecturer Creative Education
2015 Education Consultant BBC Ten Pieces II

Corporate speaking coming soon.

Voice overs coming soon.