Richard Ingham has had an extensive career as a performer, composer and educator. He has given solo saxophone recitals and chamber concerts throughout the UK, and in the USA, Canada, China, Japan, Thailand, India, Poland, Italy, Spain, Finland, France, Ireland, Slovenia and Latvia. Numerous works have been written for him, and performances have included UK premieres of works by Sally Beamish, Mary Ann Kennedy, Pete Stollery, Martin Kershaw, Fraser Burke, James Ross, Tom David Wilson, François Rossé, Denis Smalley, Ryo Noda and Christian Lauba. He is a currently a member of Strangeness & Charm, Trio Verso and the Auricle Ensemble.
He has played by invitation at every World Saxophone Congress since 1985 (in Washington DC, Tokyo, Pesaro, Valencia, Montreal, Minneapolis, Ljubliana, Bangkok, St Andrews, Strasbourg), and in 2012 was the Director of the acclaimed XVI World Saxophone Congress in St Andrews, Scotland. He has worked with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hallé Orchestra, Opera North and at the Royal National Theatre. Richard has played concerti by Pierre Max Dubois, Dave Heath, Sally Beamish, John Williams, Mozart and Berio.
He was the first UK performer on the WX7 (wind synthesiser), and has performed live and in recordings. He played WX7 at the Royal National Theatre in productions of Angels in America and Under Milkwood, and at Sheffield Crucible in Whale (music by Terry Davies), and, with Red Note Ensemble, Philip Glass's 1,000 Airplanes on the Roof.
He is the editor of the Cambridge Companion to the Saxophone (Cambridge University Press, 1999), and is President of the Clarinet and Saxophone Society of Great Britain.