On retirement Richard taught and helped many young singers (notably Anthony Rolfe Johnson and Kim Begly) and was a much-loved and talented teacher.
He worked at The Curtis Institute in Philadelphia for some years but also began to conduct - notably a Dream of Gerontius with Rolfe Johnson, Brian Raynor-Cooke, Elizabeth Muir-Lewis (his wife) as the angel, and the Ditchling Choral Society. He proved to be a musical and inspiring conductor.
His last years were hard - illness overtook him - and he had a stroke when he was 72, never really recovering.
Richard died in 1990 in Eastbourne leaving behind a wife Elizabeth and two sons, Michael and Nigel.