Richard Barnard is a composer.
His music explores a relationship with nature, sound and silence, finding new connections with music of the past. He writes with clarity, lyricism and a sense of theatre, ranging from song cycles and choral music to digital installations and operas.
"The music is fascinating: like a series of sound-paintings. The score is full of strangely eloquent dissonance, producing mysterious depths and colours to explore throughout."
Charlotte Valori (One Stop Arts/Bachtrack) on The Hidden Valley
"His music combines complexity with ravishing beauty”
Rhian Hutchings, Welsh National Opera / Operasonic
He has written music for Welsh National Opera, Juice, BBC Singers, Opera North, Concanenda, Exultate Singers and Delta Saxophone Quartet.
He co-founded and ran the acclaimed Elektrostatic project at the Colston Hall and Arnolfini.
He runs Birdsong Opera, producing new family opera, and is a guest lecturer at the University of Bristol.
He designs and delivers innovative education projects with many of the UK's leading musicians.