English choral conductor, organist, harpsichordist, teacher, writer and editor Richard Kenneth Marlow was born in Banstead on 26 July 1939. He sang at the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953. He was organ scholar at Selwyn College Cambridge, studying with Thurston Dart and writing his doctoral dissertation on Giles Farnaby.
He taught at Southampton University and then returned to Cambridge to lecture in music, where he succeeded Raymond Leppard as Director of Music at Trinity College. During this later period in Cambridge he founded the Cambridge University Chamber Choir and also worked with the mixed choir at Trinity. He was also artistic director of the annual William Byrd Festival in Portland, Oregon, USA.
Marlow contributed articles and reviews to publications including the New Grove Dictionary of Music and the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
He died at the Arthur Rank Hospice in Cambridge on 16 June 2013, aged seventy-four.