RECORDINGS AND PUBLICATIONS
Jumis Ensemble Collaboration
ENTOMBED - Theorbo Today commission (with support from Arts Council England)
29.11.22 I'm honoured that the Choir of St Michael, Cornhill and Jonathan Rennert will give the WORLD PREMIERE PERFORMANCE of my setting of In Manus Tuas for unaccompanied SATB choir tonight at 6pm, as part of Choral Evensong.
It's a poignant setting, coming from both a personal and universal standpoint, reflecting on the impact of recent world events and a spiritual response to these. I hope that all will enjoy it!
20.11.22 Tonight, The Zurich Chamber Singers begin their seasonal tour involving concerts in Switzerland and Germany - tickets and info here - and I am honoured that they are once again performing my O Nata Lux (Boosey & Hawkes)! The work can also be heard via their award-winning recording on Berlin Classics.
19.11.22 In ten days' time, my newest choral work, In Manus Tuas, will receive its world premiere by the choir of St. Michael's Cornhill. 29th November, 6pm.
13.11.22 My Our Burning World (Stainer & Bell) shall receive its American Premiere next March! The Seraphim Singers, based in Boston, MA are featuring my reflective anthem on the global climate crisis in their Songs Of Earth concert programme. Details and tickets available here - the events will also be streamed so virtual tickets are available.
12.09.22 The new recording from Boosey & Hawkes of my Rejoice!, along with some words from me on my process and inspiration for the carol, have been included in the most recent choral newsletter which you can read here.
05.09.22 Very pleased to announce that Boosey & Hawkes have released their promotional recording of my Rejoice! as part of their album New Choral Music: Christmas 2. Available now on all streaming services, or hear it on their website here.
30.08.22 Very excited that Piedmont Choirs, California will be performing my Nocturne for Children's Choir in their forthcoming season, which will be the American premiere. Watch this space for more!
30.06.22 I've just finished a new choral work - a deeply personal expression of, and meditation on, the global crises of the past two years - to be premiered by the Choir of St. Michael's Cornhill in the autumn - more details soon...
27.06.22 The Zurich Chamber Singers have just announced their debut concert at Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg, Germany on 2nd December, in which they will be performing my O Nata Lux (Boosey & Hawkes), the title track from their 2019 award-winning album released on Berlin Classics. More information here!
25.06.22 Super excited that The Ligeti Quartet will be recording my string quartet work, The Fall of a Flower as part of their Workout scheme! More details of the scheme can be found here and via #WorkoutWednesdays on social media. Stay tuned for updates!
14.05.22 I’m excited that Sansara Choir's beautiful rendition of my O Nata Lux (Boosey & Hawkes) has been included in Alternative Classical's innovative tool for discovering classical music: #ConcertRoulette - give the wheel a spin here.
09.05.22 My O Nata Lux (Boosey & Hawkes) is to be performed as part of the 2022 London Festival of Contemporary Church Music - come along this evening, 6pm, St. Michael's Cornhill, to hear it performed alongside a feast of new music. More information here!
07.03.22 Excited that Jonathan Rennert and the Choir of St. Michael's Cornhill are performing my Da Pacem Domine (Boosey & Hawkes) in today's Evensong, 6pm. You can hear the choir's splendid recording of this work, as well as my memoria for erhu, soloists & choir, on the choir's 2020 album Cornhill Visions, released on Regent Records.
15.01.22 Wonderful to see the Theorbo Today project website live and in action! It was a pleasure to write my ENTOMBED for soprano and theorbo last year, and I'm even more excited for ideas that are emerging for a potential further collaboration later this year...stay tuned for more!
04.01.22 Happy New Year! To kick off 2022, please enjoy the world premiere performance of my piano quartet TETRAGRAMMATON here, as recorded in Aylesbury, November 2021 by The Jumis Ensemble. With huge thanks to the players for bringing this music to life with such detail and vibrancy in their playing. This piece was the culmination of my five-part commission series with the group, and inspired by the many happy years of chamber music playing I experienced at Pro Corda where I met Henrietta Hill, Musician and Ryan Drucker. The quartet is in four movements, and as the title may suggest, has a bit to do with the number ‘four’ in general, as well as passing hints at some of my own favourite piano quartet repertoire. Enjoy!
31.12.21 As we approach the end of 2021, I’m grateful to those who have been enjoying my music over the festive season on Spotify official’s Classical Christmas playlist and Boosey & Hawkes’s holiday playlist, to name but two. Click the links below to check them out! Wishing you a very Happy New Year and here’s for a great 2022!
26.12.21 Merry Christmas, all! My O Nata Lux (Boosey & Hawkes) receives another performance tonight from the wonderful Zurich Chamber Singers - details here!
18.12.21 Super excited that my O Nata Lux (Boosey & Hawkes) will receive two performances in Switzerland by The Zurich Chamber Singers over the next few days in their Christmas concert series - and tonight's concert is LIVESTREAMED at 18:30 UK time, 19:30 Swiss time. Watch it here, and for more details on their upcoming concerts, see here.
14.12.21 I'm thrilled to share with you ENTOMBED, my new work for soprano and theorbo, made possible by Theorbo today, Arts Council England, Janet Oates and Toby Carr. The recording is taken from the live performance world premiere back in October. ENTOMBED is a setting of fragments of Sophocles' ANTIGONE in the original Greek, with translation by Sir Richard Jebb. WATCH HERE.
13.12.21 It was wonderful to be asked to write about my music for Cathedral Music Magazine! The three-page feature starts on p.46 here.
301.11.21 The final concert in the Jumis Ensemble's tour, including my TETRAGRAMMATON for piano quartet. Concert to be given at the Bob Boas Foundation in Mansfield Street this evening.
28.11.21 Another performance of my piano quartet TETRAGRAMMATON tonight as part of Malborough Music, 7.30pm!
24.11.21 I am thrilled that, tomorrow lunchtime in Aylesbury, Jumis ensemble will be giving the WORLD PREMIERE of my piano quartet, TETRAGRAMMATON - a piece written with love for the idiom, and with fond memories of the many years of chamber music I experienced at Pro Corda where I met Henrietta Hill, Musician and Ryan Drucker. It's an honour to have written for old friends and wonderful musicians alike. The piece will be receiving a number of performances in the next couple of weeks - stay tuned for more!
31.10.21 Thrilled to announce that tomorrow sees another performance of OUR BURNING WORLD (Stainer and Bell), an anthem I wrote with words by Malcolm Guite addressing the global climate crisis. Join The Choir of St. Michael's Cornhill & Jonathan Rennert tomorrow at 6pm for a special Evensong addressing our urgent, collective need to act against the climate crisis. More information here.
16.10.21 Theorbo Today, generously supported by Arts Council England, reaches its peak tomorrow evening. My new work for soprano and theorbo, ENTOMBED, with text from Sophocles' Antigone in its original Ancient Greek, will be given its world premiere tomorrow in Richmond. Details and tickets here.
19.9.21 Just under a month until the world premiere of my ENTOMBED for soprano and theorbo on Sunday 17th October in Richmond, as part of Theorbo Today - get your tickets here!
15.08.21 I've had an enjoyable time writing an article on my experiences as a composer for Cathedral Music magazine, for their next edition coming out in November. Notable mention goes to St. Michael's Cornhill and the varied array of works that have come out of the residency, from erhu to alphorn and everything between!
01.08.21 So excited to have finalised my new work for soprano and theorbo, ENTOMBED, based on Sophocles' Antigone, written for Janet Oates and Toby Carr to be premiered in the autumn as part of the ACE-funded project Theorbo Today.
06.07.21 Very excited to announce an upcoming live performance of some of the solo pieces I wrote for the wonderful Jumis Ensemble last year during lockdown! This Thursday, 8th July, St. Mary's Aylesbury 12.45.
02.07.21 Is it too early to be thinking about Christmas…?! I’m excited to announce the publication of my SATB carol Rejoice! by Boosey & Hawkes. It was commissioned by The Musicians' Company with support from the Catherine Butcher Memorial fund and was premiered (virtually!) back in December, as part of The Musicians’ Company’s Annual Carol Service 2020 by Jonathan Rennert and the Choir of St Michael, Cornhill. See the publication here.
19.06.21 Very excited that my O Nata Lux (Boosey & Hawkes) is being performed LIVE by SANSARA at Wiltshire Music Centre tonight at 19:30, along with livestream! See it here.
16.06.21 Thrilled to announce the publication by Stainer and Bell of my anthem for SATB+organ, Our Burning World, a heraldic call to action on the global climate crisis with words by the inimitable Malcolm Guite. Commissioned by Jonathan Rennert for the Choir of St. Michael's, Cornhill, it was premiered just before the first lockdown in 2020, and I’m overjoyed to see it go into print now. See the publication here.
04.04.21 Happy Easter! I'm tremendously excited to announce the world premiere of Thy Presence My Light for orchestra commissioned by the Easter St. Endellion Festival, which airs tonight at 19.00 on the Festival YouTube Channel. It's been no small feat to produce a work for a lockdown orchestra, comprising of individual players to record in isolation in their homes, but the result is so exciting to behold and I am immensely grateful to everyone at the Festival and all the technicians behind-the-scenes to make this come to life so skilfully and smoothly. I wove quotations of the hymn tune 'Be Thou My Vision' throughout the piece, and I had in mind the idea of hope and joy that Easter brings, and with it, the idea of a congregation that will one day be able to celebrate the Festival together at the St. Endellion church again. Not to be missed! Tonight at 19.00!
08.03.21 Happy #InternationalWomenDay2021! I was thrilled to have been featured by
Stainer & Bell
in their International Women’s Day celebrations in a (Zoom!) interview about my BBC Radio 3
IWD commission Like A Singing Bird from 2015 with
& St Catherine’s Cambridge Girls Choir, as well as Stainer & Bell’s forthcoming publication of my anthem Our Burning World written for
St Michael, Cornhill Choir & Jonathan Rennert, with words by the inimitable
Malcolm Guite. Do check out the video of the interview here!
17.02.21 Exciting publication news: I just received the proofs from Stainer & Bell of my SATB + organ anthem Our Burning World, written for
St Michael, Cornhill Choir & Jonathan Rennert, with specially commissioned text by Malcolm Guite dealing with the tragedy and terror of the climate crisis, providing a call to action and ending with a note of hope that we may yet do something, with God's help, before it is too late. I am so thrilled that this will be my third addition to Stainer & Bell's Choral Now series!
24.12.20 🎄🎵 A Christmas Eve treat for you! In this video I go behind-the-scenes of composing my motet O Magnum Mysterium, which is featured today as part of Sansara Choir's Advent Calendar 2020 on Twitter (@SansaraChoir). Download and stream Sansara’s fabulous Christmas album The Waiting Sky (Resonus Classics) today, featuring the choir’s wonderfully rich and evocative recording of my motet, available on the platform of your choice! 🎵🎄
19.12.20 So excited for the fourth out of four solo pieces I have written for Jumis Ensemble this year to be premiered this evening online at 6:30pm - tune in to hear Aube for solo piano performed by the wonderful Ryan Drucker.
16.12.20 I was truly honoured to have received the 2020 The Musicians' Company carol commission for their annual carol service. Rejoice! premieres today online, 5:45pm, performed by St Michael, Cornhill Choir & Jonathan Rennert.
26.11.20 Pleased to announce that today sees another performance by Scordatura Collective of my In Chantry Wood for viola and clarinet as part of Hull Music Club. 7.30pm.
23.11.20 Tonight! Monday 23rd November 6pm, click here to hear my Magnificat from the St. Michael's Service that I wrote back in 2018 for Jonathan Rennert and the Choir of
St Michael, Cornhill along with some exquisite Byrd.
14.11.20 Out now! O Nata Lux on Berlin Classics by The Zurich Chamber Singers, featuring my O Nata Lux that was released as a single last month. Available to buy & stream now!
9.11.20 My Barcarolle for Solo Viola premieres Wednesday at 6:30pm GMT via livestream! Catch it here. With thanks as ever to the Jumis Ensemble and violist Henrietta Hill - I can't wait!
15.10.20 I am overjoyed to announce that the debut recording of my O Nata Lux (Boosey & Hawkes) will be released as a single TOMORROW, Friday 16th October on Berlin Classics. Congratulations and many thanks to The Zurich Chamber Singers and Christian Erny - Conductor for such a wonderful, sensitive recording of this piece. See this video for more reasons you should buy/stream the single tomorrow (and a sneak preview of the recording itself!)
9.10.20 So excited that TOMORROW EVENING 6:30 BST sees the live-streamed world premiere of my second solo piece for Jumis Ensemble, this time a solo violin piece for Sabīne Sergejeva, 'Ozoliņi' Watch it here!
5.10.20 A special commission is being recorded today in St. Michael's Cornhill...watch this space to find out more!
28.8.20 Excited that my music will feature in the excellent online festival initiative UNLOCKED by
Scordatura Collective. Tonight at 8pm you can hear one of my oldest pieces Rhapsody for Solo Viola (2013) performed by the wonderful Henrietta Hill, streamed from Scordatura's Facebook page (above).
24.8.20 For those who may have missed the premiere of 'Triquetra' for solo cello, you can also catch it on YouTube here (starts at 22:55) for the next 24 hours - enormous thanks to Tobias White & Jumis ensemble for all their tremendous work to make this project happen!
23.8.20 WORLD PREMIERE ALERT 1 out of 4! Tomorrow at 18:30 sees the world premiere of my first piece in my ongoing collaboration with The Jumis Ensemble. In this first instalment, Tobias White is going to give the world premiere of my Triquetra for solo cello via livestream. Catch it here at 18:30 tomorrow, Monday 24th August!
5.8.20 So excited that my Rhapsody for Solo Viola will feature as part of Scordatura Collective's UNLOCKED online festival, to be livestreamed on Friday 28th August at 8pm. More details here!
31.7.20 I was honoured to be interviewed by cellist Tobias White for my forthcoming commission and collaboration with the Jumis Ensemble, writing four solo pieces for four livestreamed concerts over four months. Check out the full interview here!
13.7.20 Looking forward to hearing my Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis (St. Michael's Service) broadcast as part of the next in the series of St. Michael's, Cornhill Virtual Evensongs. 6pm today HERE.
3.7.20 Excited to announce that the first of the St. Michael's, Cornhill Virtual Evensongs this coming Monday, is to feature the Regent Records recording of my Da Pacem Domine. Hear it HERE at 6pm this Monday, 6th July! And what's more, my Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis (St. Michael's Service) will be broadcast on the following Monday, 13th July, 6pm in the second of these virtual services: stay tuned for the link!
5.6.20 Super excited to discover that the BBC Singers & Owain Park recording of my On Life’s Dividing Sea (Stainer & Bell) was played on BBC Radio 3 last month! You can catch it via this link for the next 8 days only. Starts at 27:25. It’s a really exquisite rendition, one I had the pleasure of hearing last night for the first time and it filled me with great joy that a piece I wrote 5 years ago still holds the same poignancy and intent as it did back then - even more invigorated by this performance. Great stuff all round! Big thanks to all involved.
22.5.20 Very pleased to announced a livestream of my third chamber opera, DOOR, will be taking place from One Ounce Opera, Austin, Texas at 20:00 CDT. See here for more details and to watch the stream!
11.5.20 Wonderful to have my Responses featured again in the next Virtual Evensong from Girton College Chapel Choir and Malcolm Guite yesterday! See and listen here.
26.4.20 Today, head over to Malcolm Guite's blog here for a Virtual Evensong from Girton College Chapel Choir, featuring my Responses setting that premiered at Girton in January. Lovely to hear it again, even if not in person!
16.2.20 Tomorrow at 6pm is the world premiere of my latest commission for St. Michael's, Cornhill: Our Burning World with text by the inimitable Malcolm Guite, an anthem on the urgency of the global environmental crisis. It's been a pleasure to collaborate with Malcolm on this highly dramatic and intense setting, and can't wait for tomorrow! You can read the evocative words of Malcolm's poem here.
13.2.20 So today is my birthday, and this year Boosey & Hawkes
decided to give me a present: the publication of my Da Pacem Domine for SAATTB choir, now available in Boosey & Hawkes Contemporary Choral Series! Buy it today:
10.2.20 Such an honour to be at the launch event tonight of Visions Of Cornhill, a new disc from Regent Records and the Choir of St. Michael's, Cornhill featuring the debut recordings of my memoria and Da Pacem Domine. This disc is launched officially on Friday, so watch this space for where to buy/stream/download!
9.2.20 It's an honour that Girton College Choir are performing my Responses again this evening, something that is becoming rather a tradition this term as my Responses are to feature in the choir's weekly Sunday Evensongs for the whole term! Catch them 5:30pm tonight, Girton Chapel.
26.1.20 Today I’m heading back to the alma mater Girton College to hear Girton College Chapel Choir premiere my commissioned Responses in Evensong! 5:30pm Girton Chapel for those of you around. Looking forward to it immensely!
2.12.19 After an immense weekend of fantastic performances in Zurich, today I'm back in London with another treat - a fourth performance of O Nata Lux in as many days! This time, it's being performed by Sansara as part of the Martin Randall Choral Day in St. Clements Danes church, 1pm.
29.11.19 I'm flying out to Zurich today to see the first of three performances this weekend of my O Nata Lux by The Zurich Chamber Singers. So excited! Tonight we kick off with a performance in Dorfkirche Winterthur-Veltheim, Winterthur at 19:30, then tomorrow in Wasserkirche, Zurich 19:30, and finally on Sunday in Ref. Kirche Wetzwil ob Herrliberg, Zurich at 17:00.
14.11.19 Today sees the second performance of my IN CHANTRY WOOD for viola and clarinet by the inimitable Henrietta Hill & Poppy Beddoe from Scordatura Women's Music Collective. 12:45pm, St. Mary's Church, Aylesbury.
3.11.19 What a week it's been, and yet more exciting news today. I am absolutely honoured that today sees the launch of Boosey & Hawkes' publication of my O nata lux. I am so excited to be joining the Boosey & Hawkes Contemporary Choral Series, and am grateful for their support thus far. Purchase your copies here!
11.11.19 Today! Second performance of my music in as many days. Come to St Michael’s, Cornhill at 6pm tonight to hear the choir perform my Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis (St Michael’s Service). See here for more details!
10.11.19 Tonight at 6pm in Selwyn College Chapel, Cambridge will be a performance of my Da Pacem as part of the College’s Remembrance Sunday Service. With many thanks to Sarah MacDonald & Selwyn Choir!
26.10.19 So excited for the world premiere of my viola & clarinet duo IN CHANTRY WOOD by Scordatura Women's Music Collective in Prince Michael Hall, Cheltenham tomorrow 27th October at 3pm alongside music by Helen Grime, Bushra El-Turk, Thea Musgrave & many other brilliant women composers. Can’t wait! cheltmusicsoc.co.uk...& catch the second performance of IN CHANTRY WOOD on 14 November at St Mary’s Church, Aylesbury!
27.09.19 Big news today! Sansara's disc The Waiting Sky is released on Resonus Classics, feat. a fantastic rendition of my O Magnum Mysterium - buy it now: https://www.sansarachoir.com/the-waiting-sky. I'm very proud to have been a part of this project, and it doesn't stop there - tomorrow, Sansara are launching the disc in Holy Trinity Church, Guildford, 6pm with a performance of another motet of mine: O Nata Lux. Get your tickets here: https://www.sansarachoir.com/concerts2/2019/9/28/holy-trinity-church-guildford
26.09.19 It's one year on from joining the academic staff at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, and it's time to share the unbelievably exciting news that as of today, I'm teaching undergraduates! It's an absolute joy to be teaching BMus students, alongside the uplifting work I do on Saturdays with the talented Juniors. I can't wait for it all to kick off properly next week!
23.09.19 Excited to see that in this month's edition of RSCM Magazine, an article highlighting the flourishing and innovative musical traditions at St. Michael's Cornhill reads: "our own composer in Residence, Rhiannon Randle (who also sings soprano in the choir) has written several superb anthems and a set of canticles. I hope that they will begin to enrich the repertoires of other choirs." It's a wonderful musical institution to be a part of, and I can't wait to start my third year as composer-in-residence this October, with many exciting commissions in the pipeline. Watch this space!
14.09.19 Two weeks until Sansara Choir perform my O Nata Lux in Holy Trinity Church, Guildford as part of their CD launch concert, which includes an exquisite recording of my O Magnum Mysterium! Tickets here: https://www.sansarachoir.com/concerts2/2019/9/28/holy-trinity-church-guildford
13.09.19 Wonderful news that my anthem Let There Be Light will receive its American Premiere tonight in Lippes Concert Hall, Slee Hall, Buffalo, NY by Gonville & Caius Choir, Cambridge as part of their American tour, alongside works by Cheryl Frances Hoad and Judith Weir! More performances to come, don't miss it if you are Stateside. More information: http://www.gonvilleandcaiuschoir.com/tours/usa-september-2019
04.09.19 Today, I'm giving my first academic paper at the Theatre & Performance Research Association (TAPRA) annual conference in Exeter University along with librettist Oge Nwosu on our upcoming opera Per/Son. It's got to be one of my most exciting projects to date! Looking forward to giving our paper later today, entitled: The Dysfunctional Word And The Mimetic Alien: Negotiating Emotional Estrangement and Artificial Intelligence on the Operatic Stage.
10.08.19 Excited to announce the world premiere tour dates for my Scordatura commission, In Chantry Wood!
- 27th October, Prince Michael Hall Cheltenham, 3pm
- 14th November, St. Mary's Church, Aylesbury, 12:45pm
23.07.19 Excited to announce my new commission from Scordatura Women's Music Collective: a duo for viola & clarinet to be performed in concerts across the UK this autumn as a companion piece to Rebecca Clarke's Prelude, Allegro & Pastorale. Scordatura have launched their commissioning fund for the project: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/scordatura-commissioning-fund-1. Please do take a look, and consider supporting the fantastic and innovative work that this group are doing for young female composers.
25.06.19 And now, back behind the recording desk... Today I was honoured to be in situ for Sansara's recording of my O Magnum Mysterium, to be released on their forthcoming advent disc with Resonus Classics. A beautiful, richly-toned choir made for a very enjoyable session this evening. I can't wait for the release!
18.06.19 Let There Be Light received another wonderful performance today, kicking off Girton College Music Society's May Week Concert in the College Hall at 3:30pm. A big thank you to Girton College Chapel Choir and Gareth Wilson for championing my introit!
25.05.19 Today marks the first day of a long weekend of recording sessions with the Choir of St. Michael's, Cornhill for the upcoming disc on Regent Records. So honoured to have two of my works written during my residency with the choir featured on this disc: Da Pacem Domine and memoria for solo soprano & countertenor, choir and erhu (Chinese fiddle). Watch this space for the disc launch!
17.05.19 So excited to hear my Drapers' Company anthem A New Heaven getting another outing at Grosvenor Chapel, Mayfair as part of the London Festival of Contemporary Church Music! This Sunday 19th May, 11am.
05.05.19 What a successful premiere on Friday - so successful, that the choir of Girton College are giving a second performance of my introit Let there be light in their Choral Evensong today at 5:30pm, Girton College Chapel. Don't miss it! A third performance is upcoming on 18th June at 3:30pm in Girton College Hall as part of the Girton College Music Society May Week Concert.
02.05.19 Let there be light premieres tomorrow! Really looking forward to my contribution to Girton College's 150th anniversary celebrations as Girton College Chapel Choir under Gareth Wilson give world premiere of my new introit, specially commissioned for the occasion with words by Girton's chaplain and much-loved poet Rev. Dr. Malcolm Guite. Friday 3rd May, Girton College Chapel, 18:45, all welcome! https://www.girton.cam.ac.uk/events/girton150-special-evensong/ …
29.04.19 Very excited to have been selected to give a paper at the Theatre & Performance Research Association (TaPRA) Annual Conference at the University of Exeter in September, jointly with my librettist and collaborator Oge Nwosu on our forthcoming opera, exploring AI and the portrayal of language on the operatic stage. Stay tuned!
23.04.19 Now Easter is over, I'm turning my attention to the exciting commission from my alma mater Girton College in celebration of its 150th anniversary. My new Introit, Let there be light, with words by esteemed poet and college chaplain Rev. Dr. Malcolm Guite (whose poetry also provided the libretto for my first opera, Temptations) will premiere on Friday 3rd May in Girton College Chapel, 18:45.
11.04.19 Palm Sunday is approaching, and I'm very excited that the Choir of St. Michael's, Cornhill under Jonathan Rennert will be giving the world premiere of my motet Da Pacem Domine this Sunday, 14th April at 11am.
15.03.19 Delighted that my Nocturne for children's choir will be receiving another performance tomorrow evening by the New London Children's Choir under Ronald Corp - St. James' Piccadilly, London, 7:30pm!
28.02.19 I'm really happy to announce that my SATB anthem O Magnum Mysterium has been chosen by award-winning Sansara to feature on their upcoming Advent and Christmas with Resonus Classics. More to follow!
27.02.19 Very proud that my Like A Singing Bird and On Life's Dividing Sea are a prominent feature in Stainer & Bell's Choral Now Series on show in Kansas City at the American Choral Directors Association showcase 2019 this week!
10.02.19 Honoured to have been commissioned by Girton and Gonville & Caius College Choirs to write a new introit for their joint evensong in Girton College Chapel as part of Girton's 150th Anniversary celebrations, with text by chaplain Malcolm Guite. It will be a wonderful thing to return to my alma mater on 3rd May for such an exciting occasion in the college's history!
05.01.19 Excited to announce that my anthem A New Heaven has been selected for performance as part of the London Festival of Contemporary Church Music this May. Watch this space for more details!
10.12.18 So excited for the world premiere of my carol, A Winter Rose today at St. Michael's, Cornhill. It's the first time I've written for SATB choir and two alphorns! Can't wait to work in collaboration with St. Michael's choir and the magnificent Holcombe Duo.
19.11.18 Wonderful second performance of my Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis (St Michael's Service) today at St. Michael's, Cornhill as part of a magnificent Evensong involving Byrd and Attwood.
28.10.18 Honoured that tomorrow, my LAPIS for clarinet trio (written for Dartington International Summer School 2018) will receive its second performance at Murray Edwards College, Cambridge as part of a recital supporting and promoting women composers. Free entry, 7:30pm. With thanks to Caroline Grint (clarinet), Donal McCann (piano) and Joshua Ballance (cello)!
12.10.18 So excited that my On Life’s Dividing Sea is being performed tomorrow in Cambridge - I had such fun spotting all the posters around the city centre when I was supervising at the Music Faculty earlier this week! Such an honour to be involved with the fantastic Cambridge Chorale and conductor Owain Park with a stellar programme championing female composers including Cheryl Frances Hoad, Joanna Ward, Judith Weir and more. 7.30pm, Saturday 13th, Little St Mary's Church, Cambridge.
17.09.18 So excited to announce the revival of the US premiere production of my third opera, DOOR, which will be performed again this Saturday 22nd September in Austin, Texas as part of the Fast Forward Austin festival!
24.08.18 Today sees the culmination of a very intense week of creative music-making, fascinating discussions and workshops! Excited to present my two new chamber compositions, LAPIS for piano trio for the Tritium Trio, and The Fall of a Flower for string quartet, written for and dedicated to the Heath Quartet. World premiere of both works today, 5.15pm in the Great Hall, Dartington Estate.
18.08.18 So excited to be off to Dartington Summer School Advanced Composition Course, for which I am honoured to be a scholarship holder. I'm really looking forward to working intensively with Tritium Trio on my new piece LAPIS for piano trio, and with the award-winning Heath Quartet on a new work for string quartet, with mentorship from Eleanor Alberga. Watch this space!
Click here for a fizzing, exciting performance of Sepia for solo guzheng by Zi Lan Liao to complement the hot weather! Filmed by Psappha back in April as part of the Composing For: Guzheng Scheme. Enjoy!
04.07.18 PREMIERE TIME! Today, I’m really excited that my new anthem for soprano solo and SATB, A New Heaven, is being premiered at St. Michael's Cornhill as part of the special Annual Service of the Drapers Company!
10.06.18 Really excited to announce I'll be attending Dartington Summer School Advanced Composition Course this August with Eleanor Alberga. Can't wait to get started!
01.06.18 What a busy six months it has been - 2018, you've been a blast so far! I've quite a few exciting projects in the pipeline for the next six - watch this space!
11.05.18 I did a Canticles setting (at long last, after years of singing them every week!) and it’s being done on Monday 14th May at 6pm, by the lovely choir of St. Michael's, Cornhill as part of the London Festival of Contemporary Church Music! Hope to see you there!
05.05.18 Excited for the world premiere of my Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis on 14th May, 6pm at St. Michael's Cornhill as part of London Festival of Contemporary Church Music (lfccm)! Nice to see the mention in Choir and Organ magazine which appeared through my letterbox this morning!
30.04.18 Exciting times with Psappha Ensemble at St Michaels Ancoats in Manchester today, as our composer gang gathers for the culmination of our Composing For: Guzheng project - recording and filming with Zi Lan Liao! What a fascinating process it has been to write for Guzheng - really thankful to Psappha and all the wonderful composers I met on the scheme!
18.04.18 Some eerie, misty, ethereal sounds to accompany remarkably sunny weather.... Here is the video of my piece for choir & erhu (Chinese fiddle), memoria, which was premiered in March at St. Michael's, Cornhill as part of my residency. Beautifully sculpted by soloists Colin Huehns (erhu), Nicola Corbishley (soprano) and Patrick Craig (countertenor), expertly conducted by Jonathan Rennert, and wonderfully sung by the choir. I'm very proud of this & looking forward to its next outing!
12.04.18 Excited to see my upcoming Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis listed in the London Festival of Contemporary Church Music 2018 brochure - take a look (p.11). Looking forward to this world premiere on 14th May, 6pm at St. Michael's Cornhill as part of the festival! www.lfccm.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/LFCCM-2018-Brochure.pdf
06.04.18 One for those over in the USA this weekend! My third opera, DOOR, is receiving its American premiere production by One Ounce Opera at the Museum of Human Achievement, Austin from 6th-8th April. Have a look at this to see some things I've written about the process of creating such an intense reflection of claustrophobia and depression...oneounceopera.com/fsoo-composer-spotlight-rhiannon-randle-and-door/
25.03.18 Another exciting instalment of new notes - and the fifth world premiere this month! In Remembrance of Me for unaccompanied SATB choir, my second commission as part of my residency at St. Michael's, Cornhill, is receiving its world premiere today, as part of the Palm Sunday Communion Service! 11am, St Michael's, Cornhill, London. Such a busy and fulfilling time of new music - I'm so grateful to all who have made these recent premieres possible - and can't wait to get started on my new Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis coming soon...watch this space!
18.03.18 2 days, 2 cities, 2 world premieres...! So excited for the world premiere of my Chiron: The Teacher of Heroes for orchestra at West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge, 7:30pm, by Cambridge Graduate Orchestra under Benedict Collins-Rice in a special concert as part of the Cambridge Science Festival. Chiron features alongside everyone's favourite: Holst's The Planets, as well as a fascinating talk on physiology in extreme environments in association with The British Heart Foundation. It promises to be an unforgettable event, and I'm honoured to be Composer in Association with such an exciting orchestra! www.cambridgegraduateorchestra.com/
17.03.18 And off to St. James', Piccadilly, London tonight for an exciting world premiere of my Nocturne for unaccompanied children's choir, a magical nocturnal adventure based on Puck's final speech from A Midsummer Night's Dream. I've enjoyed working with Ronald Corp and the New London Children's Choir on this commission, and can't wait to hear the fruits of their labours tonight, alongside a whole host of world premieres. www.newlondonchildrenschoir.org.uk/news/
15.03.18 A wonderful interlude in the midst of all these world premieres: today, The BBC Singers under Owain Park are recording my choral work On Life's Dividing Sea! (Stainer & Bell) Extremely excited to be featured alongside Pavel Lukaszewski, Cheryl Frances Hoad, Gabriel Jackson, Joby Talbot and Joanna Ward in the BBC Singer's week of new choral music recordings. You can see the award-winning On Life's Dividing Sea here: stainer.co.uk/shop/cn20/
13.03.18 So excited for today: world premiere no. 2 of the month! The Bitterness of Salt for soprano and trio at St. George the Martyr, Borough High Street, London,1pm as part of Borough New Music Series, performed by soprano Janet Oates and The Duruflé Trio. An opera in miniature reflecting on traditional folk tales of lovers lost at sea and the sea as an outlet for grief, come along for some cathartic chamber music drama! I'm also excited to be featured in a concert entirely made up of premieres, including from Rob Keeley, Tom Armstrong, Colin Riley and Janet Oates.www.boroughnewmusic.co.uk/series-6
5.03.18 Today, my world premiere season begins! Kicking off at 6pm with my memoria for erhu, soprano, countertenor and SATB choir at St Michael's, Cornhill, London, with soloists Colin Huehns (erhu); Nicola Corbishley (soprano) and Patrick Craig (countertenor) under the baton of Jonathan Rennert. It promises to be a really magical occasion and a wonderful Evensong - alongside the marvellous Gesualdo and Sheppard - and is my first commission from St. Michael's Cornhill as Composer-in-Residence!
4.02.18 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!
28.01.18 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;
The Bitterness of Salt 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;
In Remembrance of Me for a cappella SATB will be featured as the Palm Sunday Communion Motet at St. Michael's, Cornhill, London; Sunday 25th March, 11am;
Sepia 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.
26.01.18 Great workshop on Draft 1 of new work 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!
21.01.18 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.
17.01.18 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...
12.01.18 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!
05.01.18 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!
01.12.17 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 my new work 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.
...perhaps the most striking piece on the disc is ‘memoria’, by St Michael’s’ current composer-in-residence Rhiannon Randle. Accompanied on the erhu (a type of Chinese fiddle), it makes a haunting impression.
- BBC Music Magazine, May 2020, Review of Cornhill Visions (Regent Records, 2020).
The highlight for this listener is "Memoria" by the current Composer in Residence at St Michael's, Rhiannon Randle (born 1993)... With a touch of genius, the composer uses the Chinese stringed instrument the erhu...to add a haunting counterbalance to the vocal lines.
- Cross Rhythms. Review of Cornhill Visions (Regent Records, 2020)
The two pieces by Rhiannon Randle, as might be expected, fit the choir like a glove. The unaccompanied Da pacem Domine ... a beautiful and effective setting of this tranquil Latin text ... Her memoria is an altogether different cup of tea. We begin with the distant tolling of the church’s bell, before the weirdly sinuous sound of the erhu (Chinese fiddle) introduces a whiff of the Orient. From a static set of choral clusters, solo voices emerge and intermingle with the erhu in a kind of improvisatory trance, the whole thing creating an aura of other-worldliness ... as Rennert writes, [memoria] is “unlike anything that the Church of England had previously encountered”.
- Music Web Review, Review of Cornhill Visions (Regent Records, 2020)
Randle's 'Let There Be Light' bounced with pointed dialogue between the men and women of the choir, proffering a shimmering sonic ambience.
- The Episcopal Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Philadelphia PA. Review of concert given by Gareth Wilson & The Choir of Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge. (September 2019)
- Sir James Macmillan on LAPIS for clarinet trio, 2018.
- 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, Phil Barrett Listens, June 2016
...an opera that bespeaks a composer who is clearly going places
- Review of Dido Is Dead, Cambridge Theatre Review, June 2015