Richard Leach is a Shinn Fellow in Piano Accompaniment at the Royal Academy of Music; he has worked with Royal Academy Opera as Assistant Conductor for Le Nozze di Figaro and Suor Angelica and will co-conduct the cover performance of L’Incoronazione di Poppea in May 2016; he was also the Chorus Master for May Night and Ariodante and has been a répétiteur for all of RAO’s productions since Autumn 2012. He was the Assistant Conductor for the Woodhouse Festival 2014 (Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci, Die Zauberflöte) and has worked occasionally with Blackheath Halls Opera and Shadwell Opera as well as OSJ Voices and the London Bach Choir; he is the regular accompanist for Streatham Choral Society and is Organist of Ealing Abbey Choir. He has worked with a number of conductors including Jane Glover, Peter Robinson, Gareth Hancock, Julian Reynolds and Nicholas Jenkins and has played for masterclasses with Roger Vignoles, Susan Bullock and Simon Keenlyside. As a song recitalist he has performed at the Holywell Music Room, Charlton House and other venues. Richard studied at Oxford and the Royal Academy of Music.
"They were ably supported by an excellent accompanist, Richard Leach, who delivered the piano reduction of an orchestral score (never an easy task!) with great panache. They were ably supported by an excellent accompanist, Richard Leach, who delivered the piano reduction of an orchestral score (never an easy task!) with great panache." - Leamington Times, Il Barbiere di Siviglia