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 writes wonderful operas... What Richard is very good at, as a composer, is realising the music that's in language and just turning it up a notch; putting a little bit of a highlighter on it; blowing-drying it a bit."
BBC R3 The Verb's Ian McMillan, BBC Radio Bristol interview 7/10/16
"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
"A really powerful piece... we enjoyed playing it a lot!"
Sarah Newbold on Our Great Grief and Joy
"His music combines complexity with ravishing beauty”
Rhian Hutchings (Welsh National Opera / Operasonic)
Early Stroll Songs - 13 songs for Baritone and Guitar with poet and broadcaster Ian McMillan