THE HIDDEN VALLEY OPERA GETS ★★★★★ REVIEW
The Hidden Valley, a new full-length opera commissioned by Welsh National Opera, was performed twice as part of Tête à Tête Opera Festival in Aug 2013 at Riverside Studios, London.
It received a glowing 5-star review from Charlotte Valori of London arts reviewers One Stop Arts.
She describes the opera as "an absolute treat... 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... Best of all, the music conveys the words clearly: the phrasing of music and words fits together... every line is easily and instantly understood, even when more than one person is singing. (Why can't everyone do this?)... It needs to become a modern classic!"
If you didn't catch it you can watch the entire opera on vimeo.com!
WATCH LAURA POOLEY TALK ABOUT HER ROLE
DANCE COMMISSION PERFORMED AUGUST 11TH 2012 ST DAVID'S HALL, CARDIFF
National Dance Company Wales and WNO commissioned Richard to write a new score for Summer Dance '12 project.
Scored for an 11-piece ensemble and electronics, with c.40 dancers, it will performed at 7.30pm on August 11th 2012 in 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"