“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 Transients (2019) is scored for two pianos, two percussionists, five strings and electric guitar. It will be 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