Rhiannon Randle is an award-winning composer, violinist, soprano, collaborator, and emerging conductor based in London and Cambridge. A ‘distinctive theatrical talent’ (Stainer & Bell) who ‘turns anguish into art’ (Matthew Parris, The Times), drama is central to Rhiannon’s music – she has written three substantial one-act chamber operas, one in association with the Royal Opera House. Rhiannon’s music has been broadcast live on BBC Radio 3, recorded by the BBC Singers and Psappha, and performed widely throughout the UK, most notably in London, Cambridge, Dartington and in York; in Europe (France and in Switzerland) and in Boston, New York and Texas in the USA. Sarah Connolly and the Girl’s Choir of St. Catharine’s, Cambridge premiered her Like A Singing Bird live on BBC Radio 3 commissioned for International Women’s Day 2015. Her On Life’s Dividing Sea was a winner in the Stainer and Bell Choral Competition and a finalist in the ORTUS International New Music Competition, New York, and has been performed by Cambridge Chorale in Cambridge and The Joyful Company of Singers in London, and was recently recorded by the BBC Singers. Both pieces are published by Stainer and Bell in their Choral Now Series. Rhiannon was Associate Composer with Cambridge Graduate Orchestra 2017/2018. Her orchestral tone poem, Chiron: The Teacher of Heroes premiered alongside Holst’s The Planets in March 2018 at West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge as part of the Cambridge Science Festival.
Rhiannon’s chamber music has been workshopped by Britten Sinfonia in the final of the Cambridge Composer Competition 2015. Her recent String Quartet work The Fall of a Flower was performed by The Heath Quartet and her clarinet trio LAPIS was performed by the Tritium Trio, both at Dartington International Summer School 2018, where she was awarded a scholarship to attend the Advanced Composers’ Course with Eleanor Alberga. LAPIS received its second performance in Cambridge in October 2018. Her Eleutheria for trombone and string quartet was performed by Michael Buchanan and the Fourier Quartet as part of the Orpheus and Bacchus festival, Bordeaux. Her viola duet Mania was premiered as part of Guildhall School’s Viola Day and was broadcast on CamFM, and her string quartet Walking on Purple was recorded by the Fourier Quartet. For a commission for the Borough New Music Series performed in London by Guildhall’s award-winning Duruflé Trio (flute, viola and piano plus soprano), she crafted a poetic text based on traditional British folk songs about love and loss at sea. Other collaborations have included working with young actors and musicians at Guildhall and young dancers and Chorographers at the London Contemporary Dance School and Boston Opera Collaborative ‘Opera Bites’ series. Her most recent chamber opera, DOOR, produced by Guildhall in association with the Royal Opera House, received four performances in the Guildhall’s Milton Court Studio Theatre in summer 2016 and received its American premiere in April 2018 in Austin, Texas, as a prizewinning entry into One Ounce Opera’s chamber opera competition, with a reprisal in September 2018. A collaboration with librettist Oge Nwosu on a short chamber operatic work is currently underway. Rhiannon participated in Psappha’s ‘Composing for guzheng’ scheme (2017-18), where she enjoyed the challenge of writing for guzheng (Chinese zither); the video her work Sepia can be accessed on Psappha’s YouTube channel.
Rhiannon was a finalist in National Centre of Early Music Composer Award 2017, and a second performance of her Ave Regina by the Ebor Singers was featured in ‘Women of Note’, part of York Late Music series. O Magnum Mysterium, commissioned by Choir & Organ, was premiered by Royal Holloway Choir and was published online in Choir & Organ New Music Series – a feature on Rhiannon appeared in the January/February 2017 edition of the magazine. She is currently Composer-in-Residence at St. Michael’s, Cornhill: commissions during an active residency have included memoria, a dramatic work for choir and erhu (Chinese fiddle); In Remembrance of Me, a communion motet for Palm Sunday; Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis performed as part of the London Festival of Contemporary Church Music; A New Heaven, an anthem written for and dedicated to the Drapers’ Company and recently selected for performance in the London Festival of Contemporary Church Music 2019; and two carols for the 2018 Christmas Season: A Winter Rose for SATB and two alphorns, and a setting of O Nata Lux – all of which received world premiere performances by the world famous choir of Michael’s, Cornhill, following on from a distinguished 800 year tradition of music performance in the church. She has also been commissioned by Ronald Corp and the New London Children’s Choir; the Choirs of King’s College and Trinity College, Cambridge; Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford and the Invicta Choir for EQUATOR Women of the World Festival at King’s Place.
Rhiannon recently joined the academic staff at the Guildhall School Music & Drama, where she teachers talented 8-19 year olds Composition and Musical Awareness on Saturdays. She also supervises harmony, counterpoint and related compositional subjects at Cambridge University. She has been the recipient of a bursary to attend an advanced RPS conducting course for women at RWCMD. Rhiannon was a Leverhulme Arts Scholar at Guildhall School of Music & Drama on the innovative Opera Making & Writing MA, graduating with Distinction in 2016 under the tutelage of Julian Philips and Julian Anderson. She is an alumna of Girton College, Cambridge (BA Music and MPhil Composition), where she was a Choral Scholar and Instrumental Award holder; principal player in all of Cambridge University Musical Society’s main orchestras; formed her own string quartet (The Fourier Quartet); and studied composition with Richard Causton; Jeremy Thurlow and Giles Swayne. She was awarded the Rima Alamuddin and the Barbara Wrigley Prizes for Composition while at Cambridge; and the Environmusic Composition Prize and The Principal’s Prize at Junior Guildhall. She studies composition privately with Julian Anderson in London.