Richard Barnard is a British composer.

He has been commissioned by many singers, ensembles, opera companies and festivals including Welsh National Opera, St Endellion Festival, Opera North, CBSO, Bath Festival, National Dance Company Wales, Operasonic and Live Music Now. His music has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and performed nationally and internationally by musicians including Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, Mark Padmore, Morgan Szymanski, Juice Vocal Ensemble, BBC Singers, WNO Orchestra, Elizabeth Karani, Sarah Newbold, Amanda Cook, Delta Saxophone Quartet, Piotr Lempa and Siân Cameron. Collaborations with writers and artists include poet Ian McMillan, librettist Alan Harris and visual artists Kathy Hinde and Heidi Hinder.

He co-founded and ran the acclaimed Elektrostatic project at the Colston Hall and Arnolfini. He designs and delivers innovative education and community projects with many of the UK's leading ensembles, venues and opera companies.

"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

"Barnard's music wove folk elements into more complex strands... an immensely impressive and confident performance which made me hope so see more of Barnard's work."
Robert Hugill, Aug 2013

"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)