Richard is a versatile singer and, more recently, conductor and composer, who has used his musical skills to act as musical director for productions with Tonguetied Theatre, West Bank Park Theatre Project and Badapple Theatre Company as well as leading an award winning male-voice ensemble, Sound Fellows.
In May 2021 he wrote and performed a song For the Love of Singing, as part of ‘Love Bites’ which re-opened York Theatre Royal.
“…a song as nimble on its feet as Fred Astaire and wittily delivered in the crisply enunciated manner of a Richard Stilgoe……Clever, humorous, warm and briskly energetic, and tuneful to boot.” Charles Hutchinson
“Richard Kay had us all in the palm of his hand by the time he’d finished his piece For the Love of Singing” Julia Pattison, Pocklington Post
During the lockdowns he led four choirs through Zoom rehearsals, composing new music and assembling virtual tracks. For more information visit Choir singing in Lockdown
Richard is now the new Musical Director of Harrogate Male Voice Choir and the Deputy MD of York Philharmonic Male Voice Choir
“You did a brilliant job – I absolutely love it! Hopefully we’ll have other songs, worthy of your brilliant voice, in the future.” Maggie Adams, www.maggiessongs.com, after recording her song “Running Scared”
Listen now to Richard’s most recent recording of Maggie Adams’ song I Want to Thank You. For recordings of other full tracks visit the repertoire and Like Father Like Son pages. Alternatively listen to the varied samples of Richard’s singing at the bottom of this page.
Richard has a strong High Baritone voice with a comfortable range of two Octaves from bottom to top G. He has experience of performing as a soloist with piano, orchestral, rock band and backing tracks as well as performing a capella. Styles include classical, musical theatre, jazz, rock, easy listening, opera and comic songs.
“Thanks for your performance on Sunday, you did a great job!” – Rebecca Newman
“Rebecca was more than ably supported by the fine voice of local baritone Richard Kay.” York Press review of Rebecca Newman concert, 12th September 2012
Richard’s choral experience includes Birmingham University Liturgical Choir and the York Philharmonic Male Voice Choir of which he is proud to be Assistant Musical Director. Click here for more information about the the YPMVC . In 2016 Richard established a small ensemble, Sound Fellows, who won two classes on their first outing at The Eskdale Festival of the Arts in Whitby.
For a varied sample of Richard’s vocals please view the short video below. Full versions of some songs can be downloaded from his repertoire page.
“Richard Kay and Jenny Fitzpatrick, who played Dick and Alice, had incredible voices” – Mansfield Chad, 5th December 2007
“You were one of the easiest people to work with – so I’m definitely up for working together again if possible!” – Mark Pierce, www.stompboxstudios.co.uk, 15th April 2013