Paul Richards is a drummer, playwright, novelist, comedian and drum teacher based in Cambridge. 36, lanky, can’t grow a beard. Likes to talk about himself in the third person.

As a comedy writer/performer he has taken countless (well, 21) shows to the Edinburgh Fringe, tours the UK and Europe frequently in his 19-year-old Volvo and has had some quite nice reviews in the process. He talks very fast, often about his love of Ginsters slices and often tries to justify it all as theatre. His current show recently won an award, which is lovely.

As a drummer, recordings he has drummed all over have been broadcast on Channel 4, BBC Radio 5, BBC 6 Music – all the usual places you’d expect to find a professional groovester. He is constantly on tour with lovely musician chums in award-winning bands and is continually in demand by various artists for a range of versatile projects. He has toured the UK, a lot, and China.

As a writer, Paul has written lots of plays, with his work performed all over the world. He’s had a couple plays published in Canada, and quite a few back here in England. His collection of short stories, The Stationery Seller, has been a bit of a success and his debut novel, My Function Band Hell, was released at the end of 2016.

His debut movie, 50 Ways to Leave Your Drummer, was released in 2015. He is the co-writer of 2 musicals.

This website is partly here to put all of Paul’s work into one place (because at one point he had six different websites and it was a nightmare to maintain), but also so Paul can have his full schedule somewhere online just in case he accidentally deletes his diary off his phone again.

Contact: thepaulrichards AT


A very much in-demand percussionist/drummer, Paul has played over a thousand gigs, in award-winning bands, touring the UK constantly and has recently returned from a tour of China as part of the prestigious Nanjing International Jazz and World Music Festival. He has appeared on over 30 albums (plus over 40 singles/EPs) and tracks he has played on have featured on Channel 4, BBC 6 Music, BBC Radio 5 and countless other stations worldwide. 

He is now also available for teaching work... whether you're a total beginner looking to take your first steps into the drumming world, or a regular player who just needs a few pointers, Paul can help. The sessions are relaxed, taught with patience and with the emphasis on you developing your own style; the focus is equally on confidence and creativity, as much as it is on the disciplines required to play a tight groove. Above all, much fun shall be had, which is very much the point of playing music in the first place, of course!

Lessons can be tailored towards playing with a full kit, or playing percussion (ideal for acoustic gigs and a great way to get build the rhythmic foundations). Once you're up and running, we can get you jamming to pre-recorded basslines to replicate a real-life rehearsal/gig situation. These lessons aren't just to teach you how to play drums, but how to play live; we'll work on composure, improvisation and confidence. If you really get the drumming bug (which you will), we'll also work on how to prepare you for studio recording sessions.  

DBS checked, clients include: Abbey College, Fitzwilliam College, Offord Primary School, Wheatfields School, Thorndown Primary and many, many private students (adults and children). Paul also runs his Team Building with Drums sessions for companies who want to add a bit of percussional fun to their working day. 

Drop Paul an email for a chat ( and we'll have you playing in no time. Cambridge-based, but always willing to travel. Lessons available for all ages, discounts for bulk-bookings, gift certificates available. 


Lessons - private (weekly/fortnightly): £25 an hour in your home / £30 in a studio
Crash course: be a drummer in a day! (6 hour intensive course): £130
Crash course: be a drummer in 2 weeks! (6 hours of lessons over 2 weeks): £130


"My 9 year old son has lessons with Paul, and he is loving them! He's progressing week on week and really looks forward to each lesson and the challenge it brings (and, I suspect, simply seeing Paul!). Paul balances encouragement and challenge perfectly - Milo works really hard every week. I'd definitely recommend Paul to any aspiring young drummers out there!" - Sara

"I recently had the pleasure of undertaking a 4 hour intensive lesson with Paul which absolutely flew by. He is a superb teacher - really fun and confidence inspiring. You feel right at ease with him straight away and he has you drumming along to songs in no time!!! I had a brilliant time and was amazed at the progress I made in such a short time!!!" - Josie

"The effect you have on Tony with your teaching and kindness is unfathomable" - J, Head of Music at a private Cambridge College.