“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


Richard’s new piece for the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Ik zeg: NU 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

A feature on the piece was broadcast on the BBC World Service ( , begins at 47 minutes 15 seconds). The piece was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and can be heard at

Richard’s Threnody (1991 – a setting of words by Marina Tsvetayeva for voice, two clarinets and piano) will be performed by soprano Jennifer Witton on 15th February in the inaugural Cambridge Song Festival

And Notturno for ten players, commissioned by the Nash Ensemble in 1998, will be performed on Saturday 23rd February as part of the Living Notes series. The concert will be given by the University of Cambridge New Music Ensemble conducted by Naomi Woo and featured BBC Radio 3’s Donald McLeod in conversation with Richard and fellow composers Julian Anderson and Joy Lisney.