My name is Richard Birkett, I’m 48, and I live with my wife Petra and a cat (plus about 10 fish and a few frogs in the garden pond!) in Cambridge, England. I grew up in Ilford, Essex, going to school at Bancroft’s, Woodford Green. In 1984 I came up to Cambridge to study mathematics, and liked the city so much I never left!
My brother, Malcolm, is married to Sandra and lives near Northampton. They have a daughter (Francesca Louise), who was born in June 1997, a son (Joseph Alexander), born in May 1999, and a younger daughter (Amelia Grace), born in September 2001.
My mum lives in Daventry, having moved there just before Christmas 1999.
I work for WorldPay, an Internet payment solutions provider. WorldPay started in Jersey, but I work in their main offices in Cambridge. For a while they were part of the Royal Bank of Scotland Group, but are now independent again.
My main other pastime is music. At my church of St Laurence’s I play the keyboard and sing (though not usually both at the same time). I also sing in the chorus of the Cambridge Philharmonic Society, and in Tapestry, a small close harmony group. While I was a student, I sang in the Emmanuel College chapel choir and in CUMS. With all of these choirs I’ve sung in many large and famous places, mostly cathedrals and churches in England, but also elsewhere. Whenever I can, I go to concerts (mostly ones where friends are performing), the opera, the theatre, and the cinema. Cambridge has a fair selection of good venues, and London is only an hour away by train or road, so it’s quite easy.
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