Richard has been working as a community musician since 1998. Having previously been a criminal defence lawyer, but with a lifetime love for music, Richard made a brave choice to leave the profession he had trained for, to retrain as a community musician in his 30s. Since achieving a Masters from York University in Community Music, he has since set up and delivered numerous projects with young people, older people, disabled groups in schools, youth centres and prisons.
Richard has lived in Otley for 28 years, in which time he has been an active member of the community, helping set up Otley Courthouse, acting in the Otley Community Players and in 2011, opening the doors of the Woolpack Music Studios, which he runs with Jen.
Richard has composed music for theatre companies, films and TV. He uses and teaches Cubase and Ableton and engineers sound for live events as well as in the recording studio.
Richard plays saxophone, clarinet, ukulele, piano and sings. He is also slightly obsessed with The Jam, loves cooking and bakes a tasty loaf of bread.
Since childhood, music has been central to Jen’s life, from playing violin at school to teaching herself the first chords on a guitar as a teenager and being in an indie band with her friends.
Throughout her 20s, Jen worked in three high schools across Leeds in pastoral roles, where she developed a love for working with young people. Moving to Otley in 2005, she joined local big band The Beatleaders on bass. In 2009, Jen toured with Corinne Bailey Rae as rhythm guitarist and backing vocalist, and has been a self-employed musician ever since.
Jen began working with Richard at The Woolpack Studios towards the end of 2011. Otley Ukulele Orchestra, Roundhay Ukulele Group and Otley A Cappella Choir (now Woolpack Studios Choir) soon followed and the rest is history!
Jen completed a Masters in Composition and Production at Leeds Conservatoire (formerly Leeds College Of Music) in October 2020. She writes, performs and records original music under the name Astraluna, using a mixture of live and electronic instruments. Having released her debut album in 2016, in 2021 she released a 6 track EP ‘In The Half Light’. Jen uses Ableton Live 10 and Logic Pro X. She is also part of the Sisterhood Music Collective.
Jen plays guitar, ukulele and bass. She also loves a go on the drums. Led Zeppelin, Radiohead, The Charlatans, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin and Tuneyards would feature on her Desert Island Discs.
When Jen isn’t making music, she is running near the River Wharfe or practicing Yoga.