Rich Batsford

Rich Batsford


Beautiful, medodic, minimalist piano music, meditative in overall tone with intense build ups to powerful crescendos. Also, touching, reflective songs.


Pianist composer of some of the most beautiful piano music around - classically influenced and yet totally contemporary.

Since 2006 Rich has "quietly built a following for his melodic and magical compositions" (Birmingham Post) playing regularly around Birmingham, including many self organised concerts such as the popular "Music by Candlelight" series in the Moseley Festival and with creative collective "Project X Presents".

Rich also performs his own reflective songs alongside occasional covers from his two main songwriting influences - Brian Wilson and Paul Simon. He is currently on tour in and around the Midlands and recently made his major festival debut at this year's Big Chill Festival.

Rich's solo career builds on over thirty years of music making beginning began his musical training in the local Church Choir where he developed an abiding love for the great Renaissance composers of choral music, particularly Thomas Tallis.

He then took his love for vocal harmony on further, performing regularly in venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, the Royal Festival Hall and the Barbican, sharing stages with the likes of George Shearing, Willard White, Sir Simon Rattle and other classical, jazz and choral luminaries as a member of the National Youth Choir and later, the CBSO (City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra) Chorus.

In the 1990's Rich established his indie credibility (exorcising some personal demons in the process) as lead singer and main songwriter with guitar outfits Serene Machine and Maroon.

"Birmingham's musical catalyst"
Birmingham Post

As co-founder and core member of the Arts Council supported creative network Project X Presents, working in collaboration with anything up to 100 other creative individuals, Rich curates, designs, produces and promotes events dubbed as "omnimedia experiences". These unique productions combine many different strands of artistic output into a continuous stream of experience evolving around three stages, and spanning up to seven hours.

"a true highlight of the Birmingham avant garde scene"

Rich is also heavily involved in the world of stand up comedy, booking acts for various professional clubs and events and is the envy of every Beach Boys fan, having performed some of his favourite songs regularly to crowds of thousands in professional ex-chart BeachBoys and Four Seasons band, Gidea Park.

Rich lives in Birmingham UK and is a regular visitor to Australia.


Valentine Court CD

Set List

Piano instrumentals taken from my album Valentine Court, my own songs and the odd Brian Wilson cover (often God Only Knows).