Richard Causton

Composition Tutor

BA (Hons)

Tel: c/o 0121 331 5901

Richard Causton was born in London. He studied at the University of York, the Royal College of Music (with Jeremy Dale Roberts) and the Scuola Civica in Milan with Franco Donatoni and Giovanni Cospito. He has been the recipient of several awards, including first prize in the international ‘Nuove Sincronie’ competition, the Mendelssohn Scholarship and a British Composer Award. Has worked with such ensembles as the BBC Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonieorchester Basel, London Sinfonietta, The Nash Ensemble and Britten Sinfonia. He founded the Royal College of Music’s Gamelan Programme and was Fellow Commoner in the Creative Arts at Trinity College, Cambridge.

Current Projects Awards & Prizes
  • 2007: Royal Philharmonic Society Award: Chamber-Scale Composition category (for Phoenix)
  • 2004: British Composers’ Award (for Seven States of Rain)
  • 1997: The Mendelssohn Scholarship
  • 1997: The George Butterworth Award (for Non mi Comporto Male)
  • 1996: 3rd International ‘Nuove Sincronie’ Competition (for The Persistence of Memory)
  • 1995: Fast Forward Composition Award (for Two Pieces)
Recent Recordings & Broadcasts
  • Phoenix (2006) for five instruments to be released on London Sinfonietta label in mid 2007
  • Seven States of Rain for violin and piano (2002) recorded by Darragh Morgan and Mary Dullea on Opera CD (NMC D108)
  • Two Pieces for two clarinets (1995) recorded by Kate Romano on Contours CD (Metier Label MSV CD92074)
  • 2007: Persistence of Memory (BCMG/Oliver Knussen) at the CBSO Centre
  • 2007: Non mi Comporto Male (Mark Bebbington, piano) at St. John’s, Smith Square
  • 2007: Phoenix (London Sinfonietta) Dartington and Festival ‘Musiques d’Aujourd’hui’, Caen, France
  • 2007: Jesu, Sweete Sone Dear (Caius College Choir/Geoffrey Webber), London Festival of Contemporary Church Music
  • 2007: Three Riddles (New London Children’s Choir) Aldeburgh Festival
  • 2007: New Work (Britten Sinfonia) at West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge
  • BBC Symphony Orchestra
  • CBSO
  • London Sinfonietta
  • Nash Ensemble
  • Sinfonia 21
  • Britten Sinfonia
  • Evelyn Glennie
  • Caius College Choir
  • New London Children’s Choir
  • 'The God of Small Things’, The Guardian, 28 May 2004 (article on the music of Jeremy Dale Roberts)
  • ‘Music of the Spheres’, The Guardian, 29 June 2001 (article on Concerto for Solo Percussion and Gamelan)
  • ‘Berio's Visage and the Theatre of Electroacoustic Music’, Tempo No. 194, October 1995, pp 15-21.