Richard Wigley was born in Essex, England, in 1964 and grew up in Cambridge. His most notable formative experience was singing in the Ely Cathedral choir as a boy chorister, which gave him an enduring love of choral music and church architecture. After graduating from Sussex University in 1986, he emigrated to Australia where he subsequently completed an MA in English literature. After a period designing and working in gardens, he worked as an English teacher and then as a Hansard editor in the Australian parliament in Canberra. Following a career change, he now operates in the mental health sphere as a counsellor. His spare time is taken up in the pursuit of writing, music composition and performance, gardening and gourmet cooking.