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Richard Coles

Richard Coles
Richard Coles is a musician and Chaplain.

He first performed as a choirboy in Northampton. He moved to London in 1980 he worked as a theatre musician before joining Bronski Beat to play saxophone.

He and singer Jimmy Somerville left in 1984 to form The Communards and went onto have a string of hits, including Donít Leave Me This Way, the biggest selling single of 1986.

In 1990 he gave up pop stardom to pursue theological studies at Kings College London.

He went on to compose music for films and television and present Night Waves on Radio Three, as well as writing for newspapers, magazines, television and presenting on Radio Four and Radio Five before finally surrendering and going to theological college.

He was ordained in the Church of England in 2005, worked first in a parish in Boston, then Knightsbridge, and is Chaplain to the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he continues to write and broadcast when time allows.

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