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Rev Richard Coles: Making a successful journey from pop to pulpit

By: stagedoorscribbler - July 31, 2017

Rev. Richard Coles

The ever-popular Rev Richard Coles - one of the few celebrities to have successfully bridged the gap between pop music and the pulpit - brings his An Audience with… show  to Colchester tomorrow evening.

Richard is probably best known for presenting  BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live but he also  frequently appears on panel shows such as QI and Have I Got News For You where his quick and inventive verbal humour is always to the fore. He also recently enjoyed further success, alongside Mariella Frostrup, on the BBC's Big Painting Challenge. 

When the motivation is more spiritual, Richard has featured on BBC TV's Songs of Praise specials and as the guest on Pause for Thought on BBC Radio 2 but ,whatever the medium, the message he broadcasts is essentially witty, thought-provoking and always interesting. 

His background is particularly intriguing.He first found showbiz success as a  multi-instrumentalist who partnered Jimmy Somerville in the 1980s band The Communards - achieving three Top Ten hits, including the biggest selling hit of 1986 Don't Leave Me This Way.

But Richard subsequently left the pop world to train for a priesthood in the Church of England, becoming what can only be described as a thoroughly modern vicar. He was Curate at St Boltoph's in Lincolnshire before moving to St Paul's Knightsbridge and becoming Chaplain to the Royal Academy of Music. He is currently the parish priest at Finedon near Peterborough.

An Audience with the Reverend Richard Coles is at The Mercury theatre in Colchester tomorrow evening Tuesday 1st August. More information at