Richard Taylor

Richard is the composer and lyricist of Flowers for Mrs Harris (Sheffield Theatres) and The Go-Between (West Yorkshire Playhouse, Northampton Theatres, Derby Theatre and West End), both of which won the Best Musical Production Award at the UK Theatre Awards in 2012 and 2016 respectively.

Other recent work includes Calderland, a large-scale community opera performed by over 200 voices (Halifax Piece Hall); Julius Caesar (Sheffield Crucible), and two commissions for the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Services No Longer Required, performed at the Imperial War Museum North, and The Man Who Planted Trees, for narrator and orchestra (Bridgewater Hall Manchester).

Opera work includes Ludd and Isis, commissioned by the Royal Opera, the Royal Philharmonic Society award-winning Confucius Says (HMDT at Hackney Empire), and Genesis for massed voices, commissioned by ENO (London Coliseum).

Richard has composed scores for over 70 plays, and was composer in residence at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, where scores included King Lear, Twelfth Night, Ying Tong (and Ambassador Theatre West End), Yerma, Electricity, Single Spies, Spring and Port Wine, Enjoy, The Dutiful Daughter, David Copperfield, When We Are Married, Pinocchio, A Doll’s House, Beauty and the Beast. Television scores include the ITV thriller The Brides in the Bath, the animated feature Father Christmas and the Missing Reindeer (Cosgrove Hall), and CBeebies Buzz and Tell.