Richard Stafford began his musical education as a chorister at Jesus College, Cambridge under the direction of Timothy Byram-Wigfield. Following music scholarships to Eton College and the Perse, he studied at Oriel College, Oxford and upon graduation worked at Wanganui Collegiate School where he studied the organ with Nicholas Grigsby.
In 2011, he completed a Masters in Musicology at Durham University with specific study of the composer Gerald Finzi, and whilst there he was the Organ Scholar at University and St. John’s Colleges, studying with Francesca Massey. In September 2012, he took up a post as a teacher of music at Brighton College before becoming Head of Academic Music in 2013.
He became Director of Music at Ardingly College in April 2016, where he oversees the direction of the Chapel Choir and Schola Cantorum.