“Richard Causton‘s Phoenix (2006, rev. 2007) also used color, as well as idiosyncratic techniques (slow-motion trills and tremolando, for example), to paint a vivid picture, in this case the fiery death and resurrection of the mythical bird of his title.”

Allan Kozinn, New York Times

January and February 2020 see several performances of Richard’s music, including the first complete performance on 6th February of his song cycle La Terra Impareggiabile by baritone Marcus Farnsworth and pianist Huw Watkins. La Terra Impareggiabile is a large piece, written over a period of more than twenty years, and it contains some of Richard’s most personal music. This concert forms part of a focus on Richard’s music at Oxford, with another concert the following evening (7th February ) including PhoenixNotturno, and As Kingfishers Catch Fire performed by Ensemble Isis conducted by John Traill.

Performances January-February 2020

Sunday 19th January, 6.00pm, Angela Burgess Recital Hall, Royal Academy of Music.
Admission free
Fantasia and Air for solo violin (Peter Sheppard-Skaerved, violin). Details here

Wednesday 22nd January, 1.10pm, Mumford Theatre, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge. Admission free
Seven States of Rain (Darragh Morgan, violin and Mary Dullea, piano)

Friday 24th January, 7.30pm Coventry Cathedral
Phoenix for five players. BCMG NEXT, conducted by Will Cole. Details here

Thursday 6th February, 7.30pm, Holywell Music Room, Oxford
La Terra Impareggiabile (world premiere of complete cycle) for baritone and piano (Marcus Farnsworth and Huw Watkins). Details here

Friday 7th February, 7.30pm, Holywell Music Room, Oxford
Phoenix, As Kingfishers Catch Fire and Notturno performed by Ensemble Isis, conducted by John Traill. Details here


Richard’s new piece Transients (2019) is scored for two pianos, two percussionists, five strings and electric guitar. It was premiered by the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group conducted by Michael Wendeberg on Sunday 15th December 2019. Further details and booking info can be found here.


Richard’s recent piece for the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Ik zeg: NU was one of just two pieces selected by BBC Radio 3 to represent the UK at the 2019 International Rostrum of Composers (an annual forum for national public radio broadcasters run under the umbrella of UNESCO), which was held recently in Bariloche, Argentina.

Ik zeg: NU will be transmitted by national broadcasters in at least 27 countries worldwide. It was premiered under the direction of Sakari Oramo at the Barbican in London on 23rd January 2019. The work received very positive attention from the press:

“Richard Causton’s Ik zeg: NU holds two timeframes in play simultaneously, and brilliantly” Erica Jeal, The Guardian

“A fabulous display of ear-tickling skill” Ivan Hewett, The Daily Telegraph

“Now-ness and then-ness move in parallel in this spacious, beautifully constructed work” Anna Picard, The Times