Richard Barnard

Richard Barnard

“A genius vignette for our times… musical brilliance” – Classic FM

Richard Barnard (b.1977) is a composer based in Bristol. He has been commissioned by Welsh National Opera, Opera North, Gesualdo Six, Clare Hammond, Helen Charlston, Bath International Music Festival, Bristol Cathedral Choir and others. His pieces have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and performed by CBSO, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, Mark Padmore, Morgan Szymanski, Amy Dickson, Roderick Williams, Héloïse Werner and Juice Vocal Ensemble.

Writing for voice is at the heart of his work, with a strong sense of melody and lyricism, and an understanding of dramatic structure, humour and setting text. He has written a number of operas, song cycles and choral works, as well as music for theatre and combinations of professional and community groups.
Richard is an accomplished and innovative composer in education and community projects, working with many leading organisations in the UK, including CBSO, WNO, Opera North, ETO, BBC Singers, London Sinfonietta, Turtle Key Arts and Music Theatre Wales. He worked as a composer on the Newport Legends project with Operasonic, which was nominated for an RPS Award in 2018. He taught composition at Bristol University and has been awarded several grants from Arts Council England for projects and commissions.

He works as Barnard & Karani with soprano Elizabeth Karani and pianist Edmund Whitehead focussing on comic song and opera. Their ‘Lockdown’ videos were an online hit in 2020, re-published and shared by Royal Opera House, Classic FM and Opera North.

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