Richard McGregor was born in Glasgow and studied at the Universities of Glasgow and Liverpool where he completed a PhD study of the music of Thea Musgrave 1959-67. He also studied with Donatoni in Italy in the early 1980s. Richard worked as a teacher in Strathclyde, Essex and Bedfordshire, and from 1992-1999 he was Head of Performing Arts at St Martin’s College, Lancaster. He was latterly Director of Research and Graduate Studies at the University of Cumbria and since retiring is Emeritus Professor of Music there. He currently lectures part-time at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.