Eric Richards, a short biography...

I was born in Alnwick, a small market town in Northumberland, about thirty miles both from the Scottish border to the north and the city of Newcastle upon Tyne to the south. After leaving school I spent one year at the City of Leeds College of Music and then went on to Durham University where I studied Music (along with Biblical Studies and Indian Civilisation - a General B.A.) and finally did a diploma course in Jazz and Light music at the Newcastle College of Arts and Technology.

Shortly after ending my studies I moved to London where I found that  the experience, that I had gathered in the clubs and pubs of the north east was enough to get my career in the capital started. Within a short time I had work with dance orchestras, in recording studios, in theatres and pubs, in TV and radio and was freelancing on the London jazz scene.

From 1980 -1991 I played many international jazz festivals, radio and television shows as well as touring from Africa to Sweden with the Afro jazz band Dudu Pukwana's Zila (south Africa / Great Britain). In 1984 I played a British tour with Gloria Gaynor.

Since 1990 I have been living in Germany and have played some musicals e.g. Oklahoma! (original Broadway version), Jesus Christian Superstar (New York production) and Starlight Express (Bochum). I have backed numerous artists e.g. Ute Lemper, Max Greger, Roberto Blanco, Drafi Deutscher.

In 1993 I was engaged at Le Cabaret au Casino in Monte Carlo, Monaco.

Presently apart from solo engagements I am also playing with for example:
Inez Timmer (Nichts haut mich um - Cole Porter Show).

 

Programme

Portrait Eric RichardsEric Richards will play songs for you from his large international repertoire.

You don’t have a piano but still want musical flair? Eric Richards brings his fine sounding digital piano to your party.

Here is a small selection of the kind of songs that you will hear when Eric Richards plays for you. Melodies that have stood the test of time:

Evergreens

  • As time goes by (Casablanca)
  • Bel Ami
  • Besame Mucho
  • Champs Elysées
  • The Entertainer (Scott Joplin)
  • Just a Gigolo
  • On the sunny side of the street
  • Over the rainbow (Wizard of Oz)
  • Petite Fleur

Jazz

  • All of me
  • Fly me to the moon
  • Our love is here to stay 
  • Satin Doll
  • Take Five