Richard Blackford

Richard Blackford - Headshot


Richard Blackford is one of the foremost concert and media composers in Europe. His concert works are performed regularly around the world and his music for film and television is broadcast frequently in almost every European country. 

2018 sees the completion of Richard's PhD at Bristol University. The last three years have seen a surge of creativity that has resulted in important commissions that show a new degree of flair and innovation. Two major works: Niobe for violin and orchestra (a Czech Philharmonic commission written for violinist Tamsin Waley-Cohen); and Kalon (a Cheltenham Festival commission) were recorded for Signum Classics by the world-renowned Czech Philharmonic.

His relationship with BBC National Orchestra of Wales that started with The Great Animal Orchestra continues with the premiere of Kalon under Martyn Brabbins.  Important chamber works from this period include Five Naidu Songs for mezzo soprano, clarinet and string quartet (commissioned by Aberystwyth MusicFest and recorded for Nimbus Records) and Seven Hokusai Miniatures (commissioned for the Solem String Quartet).

2018 also sees the UK premiere of his Violin Concerto at the English Music Festival conducted by the composer, and Spells and Charms, commissioned by violinist Rupert Marshall-Luck. Richard's most frequently performed work, the cantata Mirror Of Perfection, has now achieved over 180 performances worldwide. In June 2019 his major new choral work Stabat Mater, a 45-minute Bournemouth Symphony Chorus co-commission with St. Alban's Choral Society and Presteigne Festival, will be premiered and recorded for Nimbus Records.

Richard is a Trustee of Music For Youth, a Trustee of Aberystwyth MusicFest and in May 2018 was elected Trustee of The Bach Choir.

He is published by Novello and Nimbus Publishing.





The Great Animal Orchestra

Here, in an interview with NAMM, Richard discusses his collaboration with Bernie Krause to compose The Great Animal Orchestra.