“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


Phoenix for flute, clarinet, piano, violin and cello (2006-7) receives its German premiere in Freiburg on 9th October with the world-renowned Ensemble Recherche  (details of the concert can be found here. Phoenix was the winner of the 2006 Royal Philharmonic Society Award for Chamber-Scale Composition).

On Friday 26th October, three of Richard’s pieces (De Profundis, Night Piece and Seven States of Rain – winner of a British Composer Award) will be performed by members of the Composers Ensemble in the inaugural Living Notes concert at Stapleford Granary, near Cambridge (details here). Richard will be in conversation with BBC Radio 3’s Donald McLeod prior to the performance.

Richard is currently working on a new piece for the BBC Symphony Orchestra, which will be premiered under the direction of Sakari Oramo at the Barbican in London on 23rd January 2019.

He writes: “the piece is entitled Ik zeg: NU (‘I say: NOW’) and is named after a book by my Dutch relative, Sal van Son. The piece is partly about the passage of time – the ‘now’ becomes the past from the moment it has been named. But it is also a homage to my 96-year-old relative, whose book traces the history of his Jewish family through four centuries, including his own years in hiding from the Nazis in occupied Holland during the Second World War”.