Richard Barnard is a composer.
His music explores a relationship with nature, sound and silence, often finding new connections with music of the past. He often writes for voice, with clarity, lyricism and a keen sense of theatre, creating songs, choral music and opera.
He is heavily involved in music education and has 15 years experience of designing and delivering innovative creative projects with many of the UK's leading musicians and ensembles.

"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

"Eerily beautiful high concept classical composition" Venue Magazine on Routes Through Hear

He has written music for Welsh National Opera, Juice, BBC Singers, Opera North, Concanenda, Delta Saxophone Quartet and Bristol Cathedral Choirs.
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 regular guest lecturer at the University of Bristol.