4.2.18 Today, the wonderful violist Henrietta Hill is giving my Rhapsody for Solo Viola another outing as part of the first Scordatura Women's Collective concert of 2018 in Lea Barn, Maidenhead, Berkshire. Music by Charlotte Bray is also featured. Do go along and support if you're in the area!
28.1.18 As January draws to a close, I'm looking ahead to an extremely busy and incredibly exciting few months packed with world premieres! I'm feeling very lucky indeed. Coming up...
memoria for erhu, solo soprano, solo countertenor and SATB choir - Monday 5th March, 6pm; St Michael's, Cornhill, London;
Imbolc for soprano, flute, viola and piano, performed by Janet Oates and the Duruflé Trio - Tuesday 13th March, 1pm as part of Borough New Music; St George the Martyr, Southwark, London;
Nocturne for unaccompanied children's choir, performed by Ronald Corp and the New London Children's Choir - Saturday 17th March, 7.30pm; St James's, Piccadilly, London;
My tone poem for orchestra, Chiron: The Teacher of Heroes - inspired by Holst's The Planets - will be premiered as part of the Cambridge Science Festival by the Cambridge Graduate Orchestra, with whom I'm Composer in Association this season! Premiered by CGO under Benedict Collins-Rice, Sunday 18th March, 8pm; West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge;
New work for a cappella SATB will be featured as the Palm Sunday Communion Motet at St. Michael's, Cornhill, London; Sunday 25th March, 11am;
Phosphorus for solo guzheng - premiere recording with Zilan Liao and Psappha in Manchester on Monday 30th April, for release on Psappha's YouTube Channel;
Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis for SATB choir and organ; Monday 14th May, 6pm, St Michael's Cornhill, London.
Later this year, I'll also be working on a prelude for organ; an anthem for solo soprano and SATB choir; a setting of O Nata Lux for The Zürich Chamber Singers and a solo cello sonata, among others, for premiere later in the year! Watch this space for more details.
26.1.18 Great workshop on Draft 1 of Phosphorus for solo guzheng at Psappha in Manchester today as Stage 3 of their Composing for guzheng scheme. Hearing Zilan Liao bringing the ideas to life is a very rewarding experience. Roll on the end of April, and recording day!
21.1.18 It's landed...! Cambridge Graduate Orchestra have kicked off rehearsals of my Chiron: The Teacher of Heroes, my work written for the orchestra as their Composer in Association. Chiron takes the myth of a Greek centaur and the enigmatic minor planet of the same name and moulds them both into an evocative tone poem. The title is inspired by Holst's The Planets, which will also feature in the orchestra's 18th March concert, part of the Cambridge Science Festival.
17.1.18 I'll be hitting Switzerland this December!! So looking forward to working with The Zürich Chamber Singers - they've commissioned me to write a setting of O Nata Lux for their Advent concerts in December 2018 in Zürich, as well as featuring on their next CD which will be released in October 2019! More on this soon...
12.1.18 Bit of a different news item today... Beyond My Dream: Music for Greek Plays by Vaughan Williams, performed by The Joyful Company of Singers with the Britten Sinfonia is released on Albion! I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of singing with the wonderful ladies of The Joyful Company - and had the joy of being chosen for the unaccompanied soprano solo at the end of Electra! (Track 3 on the CD if you fancy a listen...) Described as "an important release of hitherto unknown music by Vaughan Williams" by John Quinn (Music Web International), this CD has gone to no. 11 in the Classical charts and received warm reviews on BBC Radio 3. Definitely worth a listen to this highly dramatic and dreamy RVW!
5.1.18 Just posted off a very exciting new work to Ronald Corp and the New London Children's Choir, who have commissioned me for their upcoming concert in St. James' Piccadilly on 17th March. Nocturne, inspired by the nocturnal images in Puck's famous Act V speech from A Midsummer Night's Dream, is for unaccompanied children's choir. I can't wait to hear this remarkable choir work their magic on it!
1.12.17 Great to attend the Russian-music-filled Christmas concert of Cambridge Graduate Orchestra under Benedict Collins-Rice this evening, and to announce some very exciting news: I am the Cambridge Graduate Orchestra's Composer in Association for 2017-18! A world premiere for the orchestra is fast approaching...watch this space and save the date...18th March 2018 in West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge! Check out more about the Composer in Association post here: www.cambridgegraduateorchestra.com/
27.11.18 Great workshop on the preliminary sketches for Phosphorus for solo guzheng - Stage 2 of Psappha's Composing for guzheng scheme. Finding my way along the journey of writing for this extremely beautiful - yet unfamiliar - instrument is made all the more exciting by working so closely with Zilan Liao. Next stop: first draft!
20.11.17 Just heard the news that my third opera, Door, will receive its American premiere in April 2018! A prize-winning entry into One Ounce Opera's chamber opera competition, OOO will be producing Door in its annual opera festival in Austin, Texas, 6th-8th April 2018.
16.11.17 Just back from a fantastic Fourier Quartet gig, playing for a Global Cambridge: London alumni event in the National Gallery of all places! Can definitely tick that one off the bucket list... We had a great time welcoming the new Vice Chancellor of Cambridge with some lively Mozart quartets in a stunning acoustic with even more stunning surroundings. Thanks to the Cambridge University Department of Alumni Relations for choosing us for such a splendid occasion!
9.10.17 And some more new beginnings... Today I begin my time as the inaugural Composer-in-Residence at St. Michael's, Cornhill! We have some very special guests joining the choir today for a workshop on my first commission - currently top secret! Watch this space for a premiere coming up in Lent...
7.10.17 Incredibly honoured to have been featured in The Ebor Singers' #WomenOfNote concert in York this evening, alongside Errollyn Wallen and many other inspirational female composers! A remarkable showcase of choral music, old and new; a great second performance of my Ave Regina - premiered by the Ebors back in May in the National Centre for Early Music Awards 2017 - and meeting Nicola LeFanu in the audience - all in all, a great evening!
2.10.17 October kicking off to a flying start today, with the first session with Zilan Liao for Psappha's Composing for guzheng scheme in St. Michael's, Ancoats, Manchester. A fascinating first glimpse into the capabilities of this remarkable instrument, very much worthy of greater attention - composers, take note!
19.9.17 So excited and very pleased to announce that my Like A Singing Bird (for SSAA) is published today by Stainer & Bell Ltd in their Choral Now Series! https://stainer.co.uk/shop/cn23p/
17.9.17 Really excited to have been selected for Psappha Ensemble's "Composing for..". scheme 2017-18! I'll be writing for #guzheng (Chinese harp) - watch this video if you need persuading of just how beautiful and dramatic this instrument can be... And if you like what you hear, stay tuned - the final piece will be filmed and uploaded to YouTube at the end of the project. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPR7Yt7BFBA
Can't wait to zoom up to Manchester next month to get started!
4.8.17 Really excited that the wonderful Ebor Singers will be giving my Ave Regina as second performance in 'Women of note', part of York Late Music Concerts on Saturday 7th October!
18.7.17 Extremely excited and honoured to announce that I will be the inaugural Composer-in-Residence at St Michael's, Cornhill for 2017-18! With several fascinating projects already in the pipeline, I'm really looking forward to contributing creatively to the 600-year-strong musical life of this wonderful place, at a time of exciting new developments in the church's history. Watch this space!
22.6.17 Absolutely delighted to be chosen as a finalist (out of 600 entries!) in the ORTUS International New Music Competition 2017, New York with On Life's Dividing Sea http://www.khorikos.com/single-post/2017/06/22/The-Winners-of-the-3rd-ORTUS-International-New-Music-Competition?mc_cid=dc60f4109a&mc_eid=f77bcbb762
16.6.17 This is today! London premiere offmy On Life's Dividing Sea by The Joyful Company of Singers, 7.30pm, St Paul's, Covent Garden. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/seascapes-tickets-33002372986?utm-medium=discovery&utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&aff=estw&utm-source=tw&utm-term=listing …
11.6.17 Toi toi toi to the company of Brett Dean's Hamlet at Glyndebourne for opening night & world premiere tonight! I'm extremely grateful to have observed rehearsals over the last few weeks for the premiere production of this intense and utterly gripping opera. A stellar cast and a stellar show!
11.5.17 Really excited for the world premiere of my Ave Regina tonight, which will be livestreamed at 7.30pm from the National Centre of Early Music, York by the Ebor Singers, as part of the NCEM Composer Award 2017 in association with the Tallis Scholars and BBC Radio 3, after a fantastic day working with the Ebor Singers and Christopher Fox.
30.4.17 An amazing and inspiring weekend working with Sarah Tennant-Flowers on choral conducting on the Royal Philharmonic Society Women Conductors course (Phase 2) this weekend in Cardiff! Hugely grateful for the experience and to the Cantemus Chamber Choir for their brilliant singing all weekend.
27.4.17 Wonderful performance of my Rhapsody for solo viola by Henrietta Hill tonight at the inaugural concert of the Scordatura: Women's Collective concert series in Hampstead.
20.4.17 Fabulous couple of days at the gorgeous St.Jude's, Hampstead Garden Suburb, singing with the Joyful Company of Singers and Britten Sinfonia in a recording of three previously unknown works by Vaughan Williams for voices and chamber orchestra. "Beyond My Dream" (Albion Records) will feature "The Bacchae", "Iphiginea" and "Elektra", with the latter featuring me as a soloist!
18.4.17 So honoured to have been selected as a finalist in the National Centre of Early Music Composer Award 2017 with my Ave Regina for five voices. Looking forward to the awards day in May, in association with BBC Radio 3 and The Tallis Scholars!
29.3.17 Delighted that my On Life's Dividing Sea, published by Stainer & Bell, will be given its London premiere by the Joyful Company of Singers in their Seascapes concert, on Friday 16th June at St.Paul's, Covent Garden!
22.3.17 Just finished a new choral piece! Ave Regina, for five unaccompanied voices...
16.3.17 Enjoyed the Oxford University Music Faculty's Spectralisms conference this week, with keynote lectures by Tristan Murail and Julian Anderson and a most impressive concert by London Sinfonietta
10.3.17 Delighted and honoured to have been selected to take part in a Royal Philharmonic Society Women Conductors workshop in Cardiff!
4.2.17 Such fun singing new editions of previously unknown Vaughan Williams with the Joyful Company of Singers tonight, in preparation for recording with the Britten Sinfonia in April.
6.2.17 Enjoying The New Librettist research works conference at the Barbican this afternoon, in association with the Guildhall School. Fascinating to hear from Martin Crimp!
1.2.17 Just completed a new orchestral work, Salt Deep, inspired by Dylan Thomas's epic Under Milk Wood.
26.1.17 So enjoyed donning the headphones in the production studio for Suzy Digby's Ora Singers recording of Julian Anderson's Magnificat today!
9.1.17 Link to the score and recording of my O Magnum Mysterium is now live, featuring as part of Choir and Organ's New Music Series. Free to download for 6 months! http://www.rhinegold.co.uk/rhinegold-publishing/magazines/choir-organ/new-music/
20.12.16 Very excited to announce a 2-page feature on me in the most recent edition of Choir & Organ magazine (Jan-Feb '17), OUT NOW! http://www.rhinegold.co.uk/rhinegold-publishing/magazines/choir-organ/current-issue/ Check the Choir & Organ website in the New Year for the score of my O Magnum Mysterium, commissioned by Choir & Organ which will be available online for download for 6 months, along with a recording from the marvellous Royal Holloway Choir and Rupert Gough.
4.12.16 Catch my O Magnum Mysterium livestreamed from Royal Holloway Chapel carol service at 6pm this evening from chapelchoir.co.uk! A third performance is also being broadcast on Thursday 8th at 6pm.
2.12.16 Really enjoyed attending the Edition Peters Annual Christmas Concert to hear the premiere of my O Magnum Mysterium beautifully performed by Royal Holloway Choir and Rupert Gough, commissioned by Choir & Organ!
26.11.16 Tune in to CamFM Radio today at 5pm to hear the broadcast of my Mania for two violas! With thanks to Henrietta Hill and Tom Widdicombe for the recording of their excellent performance at Guildhall at the end of October!
21.11.16 Pleased to share my new, dedicated page on my choral music publisher Stainer & Bell's website! Have a look: stainer.co.uk/composer/rhiannon-randle/
5.11.16 American premiere! Excited to announce three performances of my collaborative piece for voices and violin, Two Step in Boston, MA from 11-13 November. Performed by Boston Opera Collaborative as part of their Opera Bites series.
4.11.16 Graduated with Distinction today from Guildhall School of Music & Drama with an MA in Opera Making - Composition in association with The Royal Opera House..
13.10.16 Signed the contract today for publication of my BBC International Women's Day 2015 anthem, Like a Singing Bird, in Stainer & Bell's Choral Now series. Look out for it, coming soon!
8.10.16 Delighted to be awarded Distinction in my MA in Opera Making - Composition from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, in association with The Royal Opera House. Thanks to the Leverhulme Trust for generous support of my studies.
1.10.16 It was a joy to hear my new anthem for upper voices, Flow, premiered by Invicta Upper Voices choir in their inaugural concert at Kings Place today. Thanks to Matt Bamford and his team for a great performance!
28.8.16 Super excited to be commissioned by Choir & Organ Magazine to write a new work for Royal Holloway Chapel Choir & Rupert Gough, premiering in December. Also Choir & Organ will be featuring me and my music in their January/February edition, so watch out for it!
30.7.16 I am SO excited to announce that my choral work, On Life's Dividing Sea, will be performed in Kings Place on Saturday 1st October, 4pm, alongside works by Helen Grime and Charlotte Bray! The Invicta Choir have also commissioned me to write a new work for their new Upper Voices Choir, which will receive its premiere in this concert too! Get tickets here: http://www.kingsplace.co.uk/whats-on/music/invicta-upper-voices-invicta-voices#.V5SGefR4XCR
26.7.16 Been having a wonderful time for the past two days recording my new string quartet, Walking On Purple, with The Fourier Quartet and co. in the beautiful surroundings and acoustics of Robinson College Chapel, Cambridge.
10.7.16 Lovely reception at Guildhall's Milton Court for Derek Rodgers' retirement from Junior Guildhall today, after 33 years at the helm. Was great to have been asked to write a piece for the occasion, and really enjoyed singing my I carry your heart with the fab Lottie Bowden!
29.6.16 First of four performances of my new chamber opera Door today at Guildhall's Milton Court Studio Theatre - the culmination of Guildhall/Royal Opera House Opera Makers collaboration 2015-2016. Very excited!
27.6.16 Excellent premiere by Henrietta Hill and Tom Widdicombe of my Mania for two violas at Guildhall this evening - thanks to everyone who came and to the Guildhall New Music Society and Alex Hall for making the performance possible! Next stop: opera premiere on Wednesday...two premieres, one week!
9.3.16 Oxford people! Go forth and get yourselves to Christ Church Cathedral tonight to hear the premiere of my Nunc Dimittis sung by the Choral Scholars of Christ Church Cathedral Choir, Oxford as part of compline. 9pm. http://www.chchchoir.org
18.2.16 Very excited to announce the publication of my choral work, On Life’s Dividing Sea, by Stainer & Bell in their Choral Now Series! Take a look:
9.11.15 So excited that my anthem, Like A Singing Bird, is being performed by The Choir of Trinity College Cambridge in Evensong tomorrow, Tuesday 10th November at 6.15pm. Cambridge people, come and listen! Or, if you can't get to Cambridge, listen live or listen later by clicking this link.
20.10.15 Really thrilled to announce that The King's Men are premiering my new work, O Rex, this Wednesday 21st October at 8pm, in King's College Chapel, Cambridge. It's part of an extremely exciting gig celebrating the 500th anniversary of King's Chapel. THESE WALLS will be "an immersive performance that leads the audience through the entire chapel, incorporating light, sound, music, voice and movement, highlighting the building's spectacular architecture in entirely new ways". There will be second performance at 8pm on Thursday 22nd October.
19.9.15 Delighted that my I don't like the look of the mist... for piccolo, viola, double bass and accordion, commissioned for the Orford Lighthouse Festival, is being premiered tonight in one of Britten's churches - Orford - by the brilliant Francis Gallagher, Ben Comeau, Lewis Tingey and Rosalind Ridout. Conducted by Tom Seligman.
11.8.15 Yesterday, I was treated to working with two fine gentlemen Benedict Collins Rice and Robert Haylett on my new song cycle, Kalthertzige, for baritone and strings. The premiere is tonight, Robinson Chapel, Cambridge, 7.15pm. Don't miss it...you won't want to - these guys are very fine indeed! Shout out as well for the extremely talented instrumentalists Konrad Wagstyl Alex Tay Andrew Power Wallis Power Marie Langrishe Francis Gallagher Chris Roberts Jack Cherry
12.7.15 My quintet for trombone and strings, Eleutheria, is being premiered tonight at Orpheus and Bacchus Music Festivals near Bordeaux, France, performed by the incredibly talented trombonist Mike Buchanan and members of the Fourier Quartet.
15.6.15 My anthem Like A Singing Bird gets another outing tomorrow - this time arranged for SSA and soprano solo - performed in Cambridge by Camilla Seale, Hannah King, Saskia Bunschoten-Binet, Eric Tuan and myself, at the awesome Girton College May Week extravaganza. Free strawberries and cream in the interval. Don't miss this!!
10.6.15 Come to Girton Chapel, Cambridge at 10pm tonight for the premiere of my second opera Dido is Dead with the wonderful Helen Charlston as Dido, tormented by her demons as personified by male chorus Dan Lewis, Matt Innes and David Lawrence, with Olivia Bell, Saskia Bunschoten-Binet and myself appearing as Grecian-esque chorus of candle-bearing spirits... Libretto by Adam Cigman-Mark, conducted by Benedict Collins Rice. What is our take on Dido? You'll have to come along to find out... Second performance of Dido is Dead tomorrow (11th June) at Trinity Chapel, Cambridge,10pm.
1.6.15 Can't quite believe this, but I'm about to become a published composer... Stainer & Bell Ltd have offered me publication of my SATB anthem On Life's Dividing Sea, following the results of their choral composition competition! Thanks to Stainer and Bell, and huge congrats to Bertie Baigent for your publication offer too. http://www.stainer.co.uk/choralcomp15.html
24.4.15 Honoured for my music to be part of The Ramsden Recital 2015 at St Catharine's College, Cambridge, this evening - the second performance this week of my anthem Like a Singing Bird, this time given by St. Catharine's Girls Choir, with the wonderful Faith Barker as soloist. Randle sandwiched between Maxwell Davies and Bach ...not bad!
22.4.15 My new three-movement choral work Echoes from Willow Wood, which includes my anthem Like a Singing Bird, premiered by Sarah Connolly and the St. Catharine's Girls Choir on BBC Radio 3 in March; On Life's Dividing Sea, and If, will be performed in King's College Chapel tonight at 9pm by members of King's, Trinity and Clare Choirs, as part of the King's Chapel 500 celebrations.
22.4.15 My new orchestral piece Indigo Scenes will be premiered in King's College Chapel, Cambridge tonight. Many thanks to Benedict Collins Rice for awesome baton-waving, Max Liefkes, Alex Tay and Christopher Norman for helping us make it all happen, and to all the wonderful performers. Really looking forward to it! Part of the King's Chapel 500 celebrations.
13.3.15 Cambridge people - come to Kettle's Yard for a lunchtime concert today (12.15pm) given by The Durufle Trio from Guildhall (Henriettta Hill, Rosie Bowker and Clare Simmonds). Lovely programme of Roussel, Durufle and Henrietta will be performing my Rhapsody for Viola. Henri's a beautiful violist and I'm thrilled that my Rhapsody is being given another performance. Do go along if you can!
8.3.15 So excited to be en route to BBC Broadcasting House with St. Catharine's girls choir where my anthem Like a Singing Bird, commissioned by the BBC for International Women's Day, is to be premiered live on BBC Radio 3 by Sarah Connolly and the girls, directed by Ed Wickham. Tune in to 'The Choir' sometime between 4.30pm and 5pm to hear me being interviewed by Sara Mohr-Pietsch about my piece, and for the broadcast itself!
6.3.15 Really looking forward to having my piece for chamber ensemble Nachtgedanken workshopped by Britten Sinfonia in the final of the Cambridge Composition Workshop tomorrow (Saturday 7th March) alongside the entries from the other finalists including Alex Tay, Danny Fardon, Bertie Baigent and Joy Lisney. Come along to West Road and see what Judith Weir has to say about our pieces! Conducted by Hugh Brunt. It's going to be an interesting day!
4.3.15 Apologies for this starstruck note but...Sarah Connolly just tweeted about my anthem Like a Singing Bird and called it "lovely"!
26.2.15 BBC Radio 3: "Marking International Women's Day, Sara Mohr-Pietsch explores choral music by female composers spanning nine centuries, from Hildegard von Bingen's Symphonia - today's Choral Classic - to a new commission by recent Cambridge University graduate Rhiannon Randle. Sara is joined in the studio by the girls' choir of St Catharine's College, Cambridge, directed by Edward Wickham." Can't wait for the premiere of my anthem Like a Singing Bird on Sunday 8th March!
25.7.14 Not every day is premiere day! Off to King's Lynn Festival to hear my new piano quartet, answer, echoes, answer performed by the Eblana Trio www.eblanastringtrio.com (Peggy Nolan Lucy Nolan Jonathan Martindale) joined by pianist Andrew Dunlop. Can't wait! http://www.kingslynnfestival.org.uk/whats-on…
3.3.14 Fabulous day with a wonderful bunch of musically talented Cambridge friends who rocked up at Girton Chapel to record my new piece Lamentation I - Aleph for a cappella choir beautifully.
20.1.14 Extremely excited (and a bit nervous) for the premiere of my first opera Temptations tomorrow, 23rd January, at Girton College, Cambridge at 10pm! Setting Malcolm Guite's sonnets was a dream and rehearsals have been going fantastically, so do come along and see what we've been up to if you can! Starring the incredible Xavier Hetherington as Satan and the amazing Henry Hawkesworth as Jesus, and also featuring the additional talents of James Robinson, Robert Haylett, Edward Button and Imogen Sebba. Conducted by Joel Sandelson and directed by Harriet Cartledge. Second chance to catch a performance of Temptations on 24th January at The Divinity School, St.John's College, 10pm. With thanks to Girton College Music Society for supporting this production.
Rhiannon’s soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/rhiannonrandle
Rhiannon's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiXrdYkforhgne2_P4GjFLQ
Film of Rhiannon's opera, Temptations (2014): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KzSyHVkZVvc
Film of Rhiannon's opera, Dido Is Dead (2015): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bYvROzjG_YI
Door...gave us a breathtaking portrayal...of an almost Christ-like state of wild despair...turned anguish into art .
- Matthew Parris, The Times, 6th July 2016
[Randle's] chamber operas...bear witness to the emergence of a distinctive theatrical talent, with a complementary focus on the dramatic potential of concerted voices in her a cappella choral works
- Stainer & Bell, Choral Now http://www.stainer.co.uk/choralnow/
[Randle] needs to write more opera - much more opera!
- Sir Harrison Birtwistle on Temptations, November 2014
[Randle's score] took us beyond the stage and inside Andy’s troubled mind, yet the opera still felt like a very real, naturalistic piece of theatre.
- Review of Door by Phil Barrett, Phil Barrett Listens, June 2016 https://philbarrettlistens.wordpress.com/2016/07/03/three-new-operas-opera-makers-at-guildhall-school-of-music-and-drama/
Dido Is Dead...an opera that bespeaks a composer who is clearly going places
- Review of Dido Is Dead, Cambridge Theatre Review, June 2015
[Randle's score] displayed a remarkably mature compositional voice
- Review of Temptations, The Cambridge Student, January 2014