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Rhiannon Randle (b.1993)
Rhiannon Randle (b.1993) is an award-winning composer based in Cambridge. She studies composition with Julian Anderson. At the Guildhall School of Music & Drama she was a Leverhulme Arts Scholar on the innovative MA in Opera Making course, in association with The Royal Opera House — she recently graduated with distinction (2016). Previous mentors for composition have included Sir Harrison Birtwistle and Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, and Richard Causton, Jeremy Thurlow and Giles Swayne at Cambridge University, where she graduated with BA Hons in Music (2014) and MPhil in Composition (2015). Her music has been heard internationally, in Boston, USA (Boston Opera Collaborative) and in France at Orpheus & Bacchus Music Festivals, Bordeaux, and in festivals throughout the UK, including The King’s Lynn Festival (2014); The Orford Lighthouse Festival (2015) and The Mole Valley Festival (2009). Rhiannon has written for eminent performers including the Britten Sinfonia, the European Union Chamber Orchestra, members of the Allegri Quartet, The King’s Men, and the Choirs of Trinity College, Cambridge and of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford. Rhiannon is herself a highly regarded violinist and soprano who sings with Jonathan Rennert and the choir of St. Michael, Cornhill and previously with Stephen Layton and the choir of Trinity College, Cambridge.
Three chamber operas to date — Temptations (2014), Dido is Dead (2015) and Door (2016) — 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 On Life’s Dividing Sea, If, and Like a Singing Bird, a BBC commission for International Women’s Day 2015, premiered live on BBC Radio 3’s The Choir by Sarah Connolly and the Girls’ Choir of St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge. Described by Richard Causton as fresh, imaginative and displaying an authentic, original response to texts, her choral works bridge the gap between the complexities of new music and the practical necessities of idiomatic choral writing: adventurously expressive but singable. Rhiannon has been commissioned by Choir & Organ magazine to write a setting of O Magnum Mysterium for The Choir of Royal Holloway and Rupert Gough, to be premiered in the Edition Peters Annual Concert 2016, and subsequently available to download from the Choir & Organ website for six months. A feature on Rhiannon will appear in the January/February edition of Choir & Organ. www.rhiannonrandle.com