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Biography

Richard Miller is a London-based composer, conductor and arranger. He recently graduated with Distinction from his Masters’ degree at the Royal College of Music. His studies were generously supported by the RVW Trust, the Saint Marylebone Educational Foundation and the Countess of Munster Musical Trust. His tutors included Kenneth Hesketh, Howard Williams, Peter Stark and Simon Holt. He has attended the composers’ courses at the St Magnus Festival and the Dartington International Summer School (funded by both Help Musicians UK and the Boltini Trust), working with composers such as Sally Beamish, Colin Matthews and Sir Peter Maxwell Davies. Around this time, his first orchestral piece Phlebas was workshopped by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.

Richard is a recent recipient of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic’s Christopher Brooks Composition Prize in association with the Rushworth Foundation. As part of the year-long residency, he received a cash prize of £1,000 and was commissioned to write a new work for the RLPS’ contemporary music ensemble, Ensemble 10/10 premiered at St George’s Hall in October 2017 under the baton of Clark Rundell. His travel costs between Liverpool and London were generously funded by Help Musicians UK. In 2017, he made his compositional debut at London’s Cadogan Hall as part of the RCM’s Rising Stars concert series, and in October his setting of Lay a Garland was workshopped by the BBC Singers. He is an Associate Member of the London Symphony Orchestra’s Soundhub scheme and  was a member of Psappha’s ‘Composing for…’ scheme for the 2017/18 season.

Richard is a much sought-after choral and orchestral conductor. He is a recent recipient of the Havant Symphony Orchestra’s Bob Harding Bursary, following in the footsteps of conductors such as Mark Wigglesworth, Jessica Cottis and Ludovic Morlot, and holds the permanent positions of Director of Music at St Michael’s Church, Camden Town, Music Director of the King of Herts Chorus in Harpenden and Assistant Conductor of the Hastings Philharmonic. Last year, he took part in a conducting masterclass with Neil Ferris, Chorusmaster of the BBC Symphony Chorus. He has previously served as Principal Conductor of the RCM Students' Film Orchestra and served as Musical Director for the world premiere of The Infinite Bridge, a multi-disciplinary theatre show, in the Britten Theatre of London, working with live musicians in London, Copenhagen and Helsinki. He has also worked with the London City Orchestra, the Esterharzy Chamber Choir in Lewes, the Northwood Choral Society, the Crendon Chamber Orchestra and the Aylesbury Symphony Orchestra, and has assisted conductors including Ben Palmer, Peter Stark, Vladimir Jurowski and John Wilson.

As an arranger and orchestrator, Richard’s music has been performed by the St Cecilia Ensemble, the RCM Students’ Film Orchestra and the RCM Symphony Orchestra. Last year, his orchestration of Ein Ständchen by Albert, Prince Consort was premiered at Buckingham Palace in the presence of HRH the Prince of Wales, performed by soprano Louise Alder and the renowned conductor John Wilson.

 

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