Richard Niles
Board of Directors

“Niles is one of the best composer/arrangers around and a truly exciting musical force.”
20 x Grammy winning artist Pat Metheny

Dr. RICHARD NILES’ career spans TV & film, pop, R&B, rock and jazz as a composer, producer, songwriter/lyricist, arranger, conductor, broadcaster, recording artist, author and educator. He has contributed to over 40 hits. Records featuring his work have sold over 250 million copies worldwide.

Credits include: Paul McCartney, Ray Charles, Tina Turner, James Brown, Cher, Michael McDonald, Mariah Carey, Dusty Springfield, Deniece Williams, Cat Stevens, Roger Daltrey, Michel Legrand, Joe Cocker, Pat Metheny, Tears for Fears, Pet Shop Boys, Lulu, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Was Not Was, Bob James, The Troggs, Paul Carrack, Jane Monheit, Sarah Brightman, Kylie Minogue, Grace Jones, Westlife and Take That.

Niles’ songs have been recorded by Ray Charles, Tina Turner, Deniece Williams, Leo Sayer, Randy Brecker, Silje Nergaard and Spike Milligan.

Niles has arranged & conducted for classical stars Kiri Te Kanawa, Placido Domingo & Montserrat Caballe, The London Philharmonic and the BBC Concert Orchestra.

Niles has composed & arranged music for several films, TV series and has produced and composed music for over 100 TV commercials.

He has released 4 albums as leader and guitarist (BANDZILLA Blue Movies, BANDZILLA Bandzilla Rises!!!, Santa Rita, Club Deranged). Niles was featured as musical director with BANDZILLA on British TV series for David Essex, Leo Sayer, Ruby Wax and Michael Ball. He has performed internationally.

Niles hosted, wrote and produced many acclaimed music documentaries for the BBC (1994-2012). He is a published journalist and author: The Pat Metheny Interviews (2009), Polymetrics (2011), The Invisible Artist (2014), From Dreaming To Gigging – Jazz Guitar in 6 Months (2016), Songwriting – The 11 Point Plan (2017). He has given masterclasses at Berklee College of Music, Musician’s Institute, USC, UCLA, CalState, The Academy of Contemporary Music, The Tech Schools of Music and the Orange County School of Arts. He holds a PhD from Brunel University.

“One of pop’s top arrangers, not only does Nile know what he’s talking about, he imparts his knowledge with clarity and certainty. When you are talking musical pedagogy, Richard Niles is the daddy.” The Times (London)