For most of his working life Rick Jones was a journalist and Chief Music Critic for the London Evening Standard. He invented "costume journalism" the recreation of journeys made by musicians and others in the clothes they might have worn. He has crossed Germany as JS Bach, Scotland as Mendelssohn, the Malvern Hills as Elgar and East Anglia as Shakespeare's clown Will Kemp.
He has a degree in Modern Languages and Music from the University of East Anglia. He subsequently trained in voice and lute at the Royal College of Music and sang for many years with the Southwark Cathedral Choir, London's south bank Anglican cathedral which has strong Shakespeare connections.
Rick became a Blue Badge guide in 2018 and has a growing client base for his London walking tours. He devotes some time to performing, listening to and writing about music and maintains a position in the world of journalism as Secretary of the Critics’ Circle. He creates new tours to suit any traveller's wishes.
As a Blue Badge Guide, Rick Jones devises themed tours. His speciality is William Shakespeare and in 2016, on the 400th anniversary of the playwright's death, he dressed as the clown Will Kemp and danced across three counties from London to Norwich. This was a re-enactment of what the clown then wrote about as his Nine Days Wonder. The route of the dance makes a splendid coach tour and will again when coach touring becomes possible. Rick is a musician and many of his tours contain a musical element. He is a performer on Shakespeare's instrument the lute and his Shakespeare London Walking Tour features lute songs. He has written about Joseph Haydn's four-year stay in London and his Haydn tour incorporates the famous Changing of the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace. On his Jack the Ripper Piano Tour he illustrates the gruesome tale with the songs of the music halls which acted as a cover for the serial killer's crimes. But these are live tours and are banned during lockdown. Until it ends, Rick is busying himself with virtual tours whose details are listed under Tours.