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Rhiannon Randle (b.1993)

Rhiannon RandleRhiannon Randle is an award-winning composer, violinist, soprano and emerging conductor, currently studying with Julian Anderson and based in London and Cambridge. She graduated from Cambridge University in 2014 with a BA in Music, and was awarded an MPhil in Composition the following year. She studied with Richard Causton, Jeremy Thurlow and Giles Swayne, while also having lessons with Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies and David Horne. Subsequently she was a Leverhulme Arts Scholar on the innovative MA course in Opera Making and Writing at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in association with the Royal Opera House, graduating with Distinction in 2016. Rhiannon has written for the Britten Sinfonia, members of the Allegri Quartet, the choirs of King’s College and Trinity College, Cambridge, Christ Church College, Oxford, and London’s Royal Holloway College. Her music has been featured at festivals including Equator Women of the World at London’s Kings Place, the King’s Lynn Festival, the Orpheus & Bacchus Festival Bordeaux, and at festivals in Boston, Massachusetts and Austin, Texas. Her most recent opera Door (2016) was described by Matthew Parris in The Times as ‘turning anguish into art’, and her three chamber operas to date bear witness to the emergence of a distinctive theatrical talent. Her choral music was featured in the January 2017 issue of Choir & Organ magazine, and her Ave Maria, selected for the finals of the 2017 National Centre of Early Music Young Composer Award, was performed by the Ebor Singers in ‘Women of Note’ as part of this year’s York ‘Late Music’ series.

Rhiannon is the inaugural Composer-in-Residence at St Michael’s, Cornhill in 2017–2018, with upcoming commissions for this internationally recognised City choir that will include a remembrance-inspired work with the erhu (Chinese fiddle). For the Psappha Ensemble’s 2017–2018 Composed for… scheme she will also be writing a work for the guzheng (Chinese zither), further reflecting her interest in non-Western instruments. Other forthcoming commissions include a work to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Girton College, Cambridge, an organ prelude for a Worshipful Company of Musicians Yeoman, and a new piece for the Guildhall School of Music’s Duruflé Trio. Recently published in Stainer & Bell’s Choral Now series, Like a Singing Bird was a BBC commission for International Women’s Day 2015, and was premiered live on Radio 3 by Dame Sarah Connolly and the Girls’ Choir of St Catherine’s College, Cambridge, conducted by Edward Wickham.

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