After a classical training at Oxford University playing cello, Richard Bolton has become one of the unsung heroes of the London jazz scene, where he is highly respected for his sensitive and versatile guitar playing. A founder member of the atmospheric and relaxing group Symbiosis, he has also been a key member of innovative and enjoyable groups like Spice Trade, The Happy End Big Band and the Latin-influenced Evidence.
Richard is perfectly at ease playing virtually any style of music, and draws on jazz, classical, and folk roots to weave his intuitive improvisations with Symbiosis. He played acoustic guitar, atmospheric electric guitar, and evocative STEPP synthesizer on the group’s first album Tears of the Moon, and his acoustic work has been an essential part of the Symbiosis sound since then.
In addition to his latest work on Dancing in Your Dreams and Denise Linn’s guided meditations (including Phoenix Rising,) Richard has toured in Hong Kong, the U.S.A. and Australia with the Beshtellers, played cello with Opera Circus, is part of the rhythm section of the Billy Jenkins Blues Collective, and has somehow found time to start the Richard Bolton Group too! More recent work by Richard includes his guitar contribution to the soundtrack of the highly acclaimed film Gosford Park and two major cello collaborations: one with June Tabor, Huw Warren and Mark Emerson on Tabor’s album Rosa Mundi for Topic records; the other as half of ‘Cooper and Bolton’ with fiddler Pete Cooper. Richard is Head of Music at Whitefield School in Northwest London.