Sir Conrad Richard began composing relatively late in life after 25 years working as a civil servent in the Surrey, UK water works. His first composition "Yet Another Day: a suite in 3 parts for piano, violin and piccolo" was entered into the British Registry of Composition in 1961 and became soon after a popular practice piece in the student repertoire at several English conservatories of note. Later compositions, such as the "Wasting Away Arabesque" and the "Block of Paper Rondo" have received in recent years a certain amount of praise for their efficient and well-organized compositional solutions. Richard contracted Hansen's disease in 1934, a fact which he concealed from his family and co-workers for the remainder of his life.