THE HIDDEN VALLEY OPERA COMES TO LONDON
A new opera The Hidden Valley, in association with Welsh National Opera, gets its first performances as part of Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival.
Performance times: Saturday August 17th 19:00. Sunday August 18th 15:00
Duration: 90 minutes
Venue: Riverside Studios, London
Composer: Richard Barnard
Librettist: Alan Harris
Director: Dafydd Hall Williams
The Hidden Valley is an opera fairytale of myth, magic and metamorphosis. An Old Crow, pursued by a youngster, tells a tale of a Hidden Valley filled with gods, animals and mortals. A princess falls in love with a cow herder and a king gives up his power...
All is united on this forest floor
DANCE COMMISSION PERFORMED AUGUST 11TH 2012 ST DAVID'S HALL, CARDIFF
ELEKTROSTATIC FEST 2012 WITH SIR PETER MAXWELL DAVIES AND PSAPPHA
Elektrostatic Festival June 10th - 12th 2012 at Arnolfini and Colston Hall, Bristol.
Curated by Richard Barnard, this year's special-guests were composer Sir Peter Maxwell Davies (in attendance for all three days) and Manchester-based group Psappha. The festival featured Incidental's FEED project remixing String Quartet music on iPads using the specially created FEED app, and the Bristol launch of SATSYMPH. Students from Cabot primary and Cotham also worked with Maxwell Davies and performed him a piece they had composed with Richard Barnard, inspired by Max's music.
Photos by Claudio Ahlers
NEW OPERA COMMISSION FROM WELSH NATIONAL OPERA
Nov 2010: Richard has just been commissioned to write a full length opera The Hidden Valley for WNO with writer Alan Harris.
March 2012: Following a successful 'first draft' workshop Dec 2011, the next 4-day workshop rehearsals are planned for June at the WMC.
NEW SCORE FOR NOEL CLARKE'S LATEST SHORT FILM
Richard has written and produced the score to 'Reign of Death' - a sci-fi film-noir short starring BAFTA award-winning Noel Clarke.
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BRISTOL ENSEMBLE'S 'ELEKTROSTATIC' NEW MUSIC SERIES CONTINUES...
March 10th: Juice vocal group and DJ Gabriel Prokofiev (nonclassical label) came up from London for a fantastic gig featuring Richard's Birdsong Brings Relief and the latest in his set of short violin pieces Six Moments Alone.
Feb 10th: A packed crowd in for 'Shaker Loops' String music concert, also featuring live dulcimer, strings and electronics with film from Liz Purnell and Andy Keep .
RICHARD CONDUCTS THE BBC SINGERS AND BRISTOL STUDENTS PERFORMING 'AT THE BORDER'
A hugely successful performance of 'At the Border' on the 24th July 2008 marked the culmination of an 8 month project, generously sponsored by the Colston Society, with St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School, Horfield Primary, writer Peter Spafford, BBC Singers and Zimbabwean musicians Cecilia Ndlovu and Sibusiso Mhlamga. Richard and Peter led workshops with students and used the students' ideas, words and musical material to compose a 50 minute oratorio for choir, soloists and orchestra as a 'sequel' to Tippett's A Child of Our Time focussing on the themes of migration, persecution, political oppression and the refugee.
The final piece received a standing ovation and hugely positive feedback from students, parents, teachers, performers and an audience including the Lord Mayor of Bristol.
BBC Singers learning manager Garth MacArthur described 'At the Border' as "a triumph. The audience loved it and it sounded so fabulous"