Richard Barnard is a British composer based in Bristol.
He is a skilled writer for voice and stage, composing operas, song cycles and music for theatre.

He has worked as a composer with Welsh National Opera, Opera North, National Dance Company Wales and London Sinfonietta, with work performed by many of the leading musicians in the UK including Juice Vocal Ensemble, BBC Singers, Sarah Newbold, Laura Pooley, Piotr Lempa and Siân Cameron. Collaborations with writers include poet Ian McMillan and librettist Alan Harris.

He co-founded and ran the acclaimed Elektrostatic project at the Colston Hall and Arnolfini. He designs and delivers innovative education projects with many of the UK's leading musicians.

"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)

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