Richard Blackford

Richard Blackford - Headshot

Richard Blackford is one of the foremost concert and media composers in Europe. His concert works are performed regularly around the world and his music for film and television is broadcast frequently in almost every European country. His much-acclaimed Pietà won the Ivor Novello Award in 2020 for the Choral Category.

World-renowned tenor Jonas Kaufmann writes of Pietà: "Richard Blackford has created an outstanding choral work: a passionate and personal tribute in memory of all who suffer from violence, suppression and political persecution, which has deeply impressed me. Finally a modern composer who is not afraid of writing beautiful and touching music!"  

2020 also saw the premiere of Richard's new musical comedy Wechselspiel der Liebe, a commission from the Komoedietheater im Bayersisher Hof, Munich. The premiere on February 26th., which starred musical-comedy legend Angelika Milster, was received with a great ovation and wonderful reviews, and will play a further sixty performances in 2021. 

Highlights of 2021 include the premiere of A Gaudí Symphony, a BBC National Orchestra of Wales commission, on June 27th. further performances of Pietà and the premiere of his new orchestration of the Verdi Requiem for two pianos, organ and percussion (Novello). 

Richard is a Trustee of Music For Youth, The Bach Choir, the Aberystwyth MusicFest. He is Chair of The English Music Festival and President of the Bournemouth Symphony Chorus.

He is published by Novello and Nimbus Publishing and his current recordings are available on Nimbus and Signum Records.


Album cover for Richard Blackford' Pietà.