Richard Tyler took on the role of Musical Director for Vivace in January 2020.
Richard’s musical career began as a pianist and a violinist. He attended the Junior Royal College of Music with a Scholarship where after a short time he abandoned formal violin studies in favour of the Organ. At the age of 18 he was offered a fulltime place at the senior Royal College, but eschewed this choosing instead to study Engineering – however he has maintained an active involvement in music throughout his life.
He has always held a regular appointment as a church organist and choirmaster from the aged of 18, in Redbridge in Essex where he grew up, in Standon in Hertfordshire and now in Northill, although he plays regularly at Shillington and Renhold churches too. He has also led major organ restorations in Essex and Northill. In addition to rehearsing and conducting his Church choirs, he also conducted the Barking Choral Society in the 1970’s and early 1980’s. More recently major concerts have been organised with choral contributions from many different sources for festival occasions.
Richard was a founder member and one-time leader of Redbridge Youth Orchestra, as a violinist and played in a principal position with Bedford Symphony Orchestra for over 20 years and continues to play with Bedford Sinfonia.
By profession Richard was an Acoustician, and holds a Masters degree in Applied Acoustics and for many years chaired the Institute of Acoustics' Measurement & instrumentation Committee. Although retired, he continues to represent the UK on several International Acoustic Standards Committees.