Richard Barnard is a composer based in Bristol, UK. He writes for opera, choirs, orchestras and solo performers, often combining electronics with live performance.

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

He has a long association with Welsh National Opera, writing operas, choral songs and leading creative community projects for them. He has also written music for Juice, BBC Singers, Opera North, Concanenda, Delta Saxophone Quartet and Bristol Cathedral Choirs.
He co-founded and ran Elektrostatic at the Colston Hall and Arnolfini, curating events with Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Howard Skempton, Eighth Blackbird and Get The Blessing.

He runs Birdsong Opera, producing new family opera, and is a regular guest lecturer at the University of Bristol.

"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