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Rick Jones

Profile updated 25/03/20

Regional Qualification(s):

London

Language(s):

English

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Introduction:

I give tours of London by coach or on foot. My City of London tour begins at St Paul's Cathedral (I am the 'site liaison' guide) and trails the different City churches. My Jack the Ripper Piano Tour tells the tragic story in the context of the music halls. I play the piano in the pub at the end. My Shakespeare Tour begins with lute music in Southwark Cathedral. My Joseph Haydn Tour focuses on the composer's twelve London symphonies. My Imperial War Museum Tour ends at the piano in the Three Stags pub.

When not guiding, I write about music for BBC Music Magazine and other publications. I am the Secretary of the Critics' Circle.

For many years I was a lay clerk (professional singer) first at Norwich Cathedral, later at Southwark. I have in depth knowledge of church history  and my favourite out of town tour is to Canterbury following the route which Geoffrey Chaucer's pilgrims took in 1380.

You can follow me on instagram @rickjones593

You can follow me on Twitter @RnbJones56

#wordsandmusic

What customers have written following a tour led by Blue Badge guide Rick Jones:

5 Dec 2019: 'We had an excellent guide in Rick. Not only knowledgable and helpful, but also a bit of a storyteller. His amusing telling of the adventures of the kings and queens was really good.'

30 Sept 2019: Rick was our guide and exceeded expectations. He knew SO much and presented it with wit and incredible descriptions, avoiding personal opinions or bias ...how refreshing! My only disappointment was that we lost track of Rick at the London Eye and were unable to thank him with a hefty tip.'

7 July 2019: 'The tour guide Rick was a wealth of knowledge coupled with a brilliant wit and a good singing voice too! Dragged myself out of St Paul's (could have listened all day). Fingers crossed you get Rick as your guide..'

10 July 2019: 'Thanks for awesome tour guide Rick. He is so friendly and professional, gives clear answers and has lots of interesting stories and songs with a great sense of humour.'

13 May 2019: 'Rick carried out the tour in a leisurely and relaxed way yet was still organised and informative. He oriented us with what to expect before each destination and gave us a history of the landmarks...'

10 June 2019: 'Rick was phenomenal. Great sense of humour and extremely knowledgable. He even sang "the wheels on the bus" over the intercom to our son - one of my personal highlights!'

15 October 2018: 'Rick gave us a refresher course in English history through beautifully narrated anecdotes.."

20 Dec 2018: 'Special shoutout to Rick who has knowledge about all sites and then some.'

Personal Interests:

Shakespeare
Sherlock Holmes
Music Hall
Franz Joseph Haydn
Chelsea
Jack the Ripper

Special Interests:

Theatre

My Jack the Ripper Piano Tour includes the Music Hall songs that were current in London 1888, played by yours truly at various keyboard instruments en route and usually ending at an East End pub.

Music

The Austrian composer Haydn lived in London from 1790 to 1794 and wrote a dozen symphonies for the Georgian city. The tour his footsteps from his lodgings in Soho, to his girlfriend's house by Buckingham Palace while the narrative explains how the commissions came by their nicknames The Drumroll, The Miracle, The Clock, The Military etc....

Religion

I was for many years a lay clerk (professional singer) at Norwich and Southwark Cathedrals and am knowledgable about religion and the history of the church. I love to take tours to Canterbury following the route which Chaucer's pilgrims took. I am site liaison officer for St Paul's Cathedral.

Driver Guide:

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