Richard Hadfield’s professional career has been a hectic ride. Spotted whilst in sixth form college, Richard was cast in Simon Pegg and Nick Frost’s 2013 blockbuster The Worlds End as Young Shane in his first professional job and shortly after made his stage debut as Steven Cartwright in the critically acclaimed Privates On Parade. He was then found singing ‘Bring Him Home’ from Les Miserables on YouTube by his future Collabro band mates. The quintet decided to audition for Britain’s Got Talent a mere four weeks after their first rehearsal and with only a few hours practice of theatre classic ‘Stars’ under their belts, received standing ovations from all four judges and an audience of 3,000. They triumphed in the 2014 final, in which 11 acts competed, receiving 26% of the public’s vote - the highest ever winning percentage.
Immediately signed by Simon Cowell’s SYCO record label Richard and his band mates stormed to the top of the UK charts, selling 320,000 copies of their debut album Stars. They were one of only two new UK acts to sell over 100,000 albums that year. The album touched the hearts of the nation and 55,000 people came out to hear the band live on their first headline UK tour where they performed stage classics and some unexpected pop crossovers such as One Republic’s ‘Secrets’ and the Friends theme tune ‘I’ll Be There For You’.
That year Richard sang lead vocals for royalty at the Royal Variety Show as well as at Windsor Castle. During that period Collabro sang at the Royal Albert Hall, Dominion Theatre, the London Palladium, headlined at London Pride in Trafalgar Square, toured in Hong Kong and Japan (singing on TV in front of 30 million people on Music Station – twice!), and shared the stage with One Direction, Little Mix, Bette Midler, Alfie Bow, Neyo, Ed Sheeran and Katherine Jenkins to name a few, oh and released their book: Our Story.
As Richard and Collabro entered their second year in the public eye, performing in front of 10 million people on 2015’s Britain’s Got Talent, they released their second studio album, entitled Act Two which charted at number two in the UK album chart to five star reviews.
He has been featured in Gay Times, Attitude, OK!, Fabulous, The Metro and more. He has performed on television on ITV, BBC and Sky and on radio on Kiss, Heart, BBC and countless local radio stations. Richard sang with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra.
Now, having left Collabro, Richard is enjoying the return to his original love: Swing music. He is recording popular songs you thought you knew with a whole different flavour and occasionally performing live at venues such as Ronnie Scott's world famous jazz bar.
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