About Richard

Richard Thornton is a musician, songwriter and entertainer from Melbourne. An accomplished trumpet player, he has toured Australia, New Zealand and Asia in various ensembles. Richard’s cabaret show, “Not Without My Trumpet” surprisingly does not feature his trumpet, rather his singing and songwriting in an intimate performance on piano and vocals.

Heavily inspired by Tim Minchin’s lexical larrikinism and other comic musicians, Richard’s observational humour leads to sincere and entertaining lyrics. His show features his own songs and those which inspired his musical career, including artists like Billy Joel and John Farnham.

Richard studied a Bachelor of Music at the Victorian College of the Arts, but the bright lights of an IT career lured him away before he actually finished. He never forgot those he left behind on the education battlefield and has since played alongside Melbourne’s most respected organists, on TV and radio and with Melbourne’s top theatre companies.