Born in Peterborough, Richard Allum read Music at Durham University, where he was Organ Scholar at University College. He studied piano with Barry Maleham, graduating in 2009. Richard was introduced to the organ by Christopher Gower at Peterborough Cathedral, going on to study with Stephen Barber.
Richard has performed across the UK and in Europe and had success in a number of competitions. He was an organ scholar at the Oundle International Festival, winning two prizes, and a Finalist in the European Piano Teachers' Association Piano Competition for three years running. This led to him being awarded a scholarship to study at the Birmingham International Piano Academy with John Lill and Peter Donohoe. Richard was selected to be a Hesse Scholar at the Aldeburgh Festival, and has participated in master classes with Noriko Ogawa, Murray Maclachlan, Steven Osborne and Andràs Schiff.
Recent engagements have taken him to cathedrals, concert halls and conservatoires, both as soloist and accompanist. He was a headline artist at the 2008 Peterborough Festival, and a year later made his concerto debut in Durham Cathedral playing Mozart. His London debut at the Regent Hall came soon after, along with performances in Rome and Paris and a recording for BBC Radio 3 at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester. Richard has given numerous concerts for The Leprosy Mission, a charity with which he has a close association. In the coming months he will give recitals in Brighton, Oakham and Peterborough.
Richard is currently Assistant Director of Music at Westbourne House School, and continues his piano studies with Terence Allbright.