Richard Kidd was born in Stockport, England. He emigrated to Canada as a child in 1967, grew up in Montreal, Quebec, and graduated from McGill University. He studied composition with alcides lanza and Brian Cherney and trombone with Richard Lawton. He also studied organ with Gerald Bates in Ottawa, Ontario, and with Frederick Carter in Vancouver, British Columbia, and pursued further composition studies with Alan Rideout.
Richard has composed extensively for choir, voice, chamber groups and orchestra. His choral piece "Windsong," published by Boosey and Hawkes has received international recognition. He has been organist and Director of Music at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Saint John, New Brunswick since 1986. He teaches at Rothesay Netherwood School and pursues many other music interests including his own jazz ensemble. He lives with his wife, composer Janet Kidd, on Darlings Island, near Saint John, New Brunswick.Richard was recently accepted as an Associate Composer with the Canadian Music Centre.