RICHARD BARNES - Chichester Singers

Choir accompanist and organist
Richard Barnes gained his early musical training as a Chorister at Westminster Abbey and a
Choral Scholar at King's College, Cambridge, where he graduated with an honours degree in
music. He had already obtained his Diploma from the Royal College of Organists before leaving
school and was later awarded first prize in their Choir Training Diploma examinations. For some
years he was Organist successively at Holy Trinity, Brompton and Dorchester Abbey. He has
given recitals and accompanied services and concerts both here, at Westminster Abbey, St
Paul’s and other cathedrals in England and abroad.
He has also enjoyed a varied career as singer, choral conductor, accompanist and lecturer, being
for some years Director of the Renaissance Singers of London and a Professor at the Royal
Academy of Music.
Richard settled in Chichester in 1982, as a Music Lecturer at Chichester College, but resigned in
1989 in order to develop his publishing company, Cathedral Music Ltd.
He is much in demand internationally as a continuo player, and since 1995 has been
accompanist to the Chichester Singers with whom he has toured all over Europe and whom he
has accompanied on their CD.