Richard Heyes studied the organ with the late Harold Kirkham at St. Mary's, Nantwich, and the late Douglas Hopkins at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

In 1975 he played the Royal Albert Hall organ in a Youth Concert organised by Rotary International, after which he had lessons from Christopher Bowers-Broadbent at St. Pancras Church.

Awarded an Organ Scholarship to Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge in 1979, he gained the A.R.C.O. Diploma with the Durrant and Sowerbutts prizes in 1983.

Richard is Organist and Choirmaster at the Parish Church of Sts. Peter & Paul, Newport Pagnell and Musical Director of the Sherwood Choral Society in Bletchley, the Dunstable Ladies' Choir and the Weston Warblers near Olney. He is an official accompanist at the Bedfordshire Festival of Music, Speech and Drama and in the team of recommended accompanists at the Milton Keynes Festival of the Arts.

He teaches piano two days a week at Bedford School, and piano and keyboard at the Harpur Music School in Bedford and privately in Leighton Buzzard and in and around Milton Keynes and Bedford. He is Regional Organiser for the European Piano Teachers' Association, a local representative for Trinity exams, and half of a piano duo.