Rickey is a full-time professional musical director and musician based in the UK, specifically now in the North West of England and London.
He works as a freelance musical director and musician working on various theatre shows and events across the country and around the globe.
Rickey is currently the Deputy Musical Director/Conductor and Keys II on the UK & Ireland Tour of 'Motown', after previously working on the Hairspray Tour.
Rickey is represented by Adam Maskell (Curtis Brown Group)
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'All Rickey's work was done with genuinely professional levels of commitment
and ability. He has a good understanding of the requirements of the role
of MD within a production, and is a consistently pleasant colleague to
work alongside. I am very happy to warmly recommend Rickey to you.'
(Garth Hall - Musical Director)
'Rickey's pianistic skills are very strong across a wide range of styles. It’s clear that he has a secure classical technique that spreads across the musical theatre genre. He is a sensitive accompanist to soloists and has the facility at the piano to drive an ensemble when needed.'
(Lisa Blair - Director)
'Rickey is fantastic - I can't recommend him enough. We've worked together on many occasions and he has always brought great knowledge and professionalism, as well as clear and constructive criticism.'
(Laura Simpson - Director)
'Rickey has shown a natural ability to work with musicians and actors alike, and always manages to get the best from both. His natural ability as a musician is an instinctive talent, the extent of which I have not come across before in all my years in the theatre, both on-stage and as a Director. Despite his youth, Rickey has always been 100% reliable, and manages to gain the respect of young and old alike. This is due in part to his technical prowess but also to his ability to adapt his approach according to the abilities of those he is working with.'
(Lisa Johnston - Director GADOC)
Rickey is an advanced sight-reader, available for theatrical events, auditions, depping or as a rehearsal pianist, as well as several other services. For a full list please visit www.rickeylong.co.uk/about
Rickey trained at the Royal Academy of Music, (RAM) receiving Distinction in a postgraduate diploma in Musical Theatre, specialising in Musical Direction. He previously attended the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA), achieving a first class honours degree in BA Music. He directed many productions within both institutes.
Rickey has advanced training in piano, keyboard, woodwind and percussion, and also plays the accordion. He is qualified to tutor in piano, keyboards, music theory, arrangement and orchestration. Rickey also teaches on a freelance basis at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). Rickey is fully police checked.
Rickey is a well-known Musical Director and Performer and has worked on productions such as Motown (UK and Ireland Tour), Hairspray (UK and Ireland Tour), Avenue Q (UK and Ireland Tour) and Hong Kong Tour, Little Women (European Premiere, Hope Mill Theatre). Holy Crap! (Kings Head Theatre), Americana (Theatre Royal Stratford East), New Jersey Nights (UK Tour), The Children (Theatre Royal Stratford East), NewsRevue (Canal Cafe Theatre), Love Story (Royal Academy of Music), Shrek (Beau Sejour Theatre), Cinderella (Camberley Theatre), Marco Polo (Shaw Theatre), Sister Act (Beau Sejour Theatre), Summer of ’42 (Sennheiser Studio Theatre) Little Shop of Horrors (Paul McCartney Auditorium), How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Paul McCartney Auditorium), Into The Woods (Rose Theatre), The Wiz (Paul McCartney Auditorium), The Lion King (Princess Royal Centre for Performing Arts) RENT (Princess Royal Centre for Performing Arts), Peter Pan (Beau Sejour Theatre), West Side Story (PRCPA), Hello, Dolly! (Beau Sejour Theatre), 13 (PRCPA), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (PRCPA).and has sung in the ensemble with west end casts in: Jesus Christ Superstar, Les Miserables, and Cats.
A full production credits list is available on the 'CV' tab.
Rickey's CV can be downloaded from the page www.rickeylong.co.uk/CV