Richard Brown is a composer and Musical Consultant for The Classical Road Show.
For 20 years Richard was London Director of Music for the Royal Shakespeare Company, based at the Barbican Theatre. He was musical director for over 200 productions including Mother Courage with Judi Dench, Cyrano de Bergerac with Derek Jacobi, The Plantagenets with Ralph Fiennes, Hamlet with Kenneth Branagh and Antony and Cleopatra with Alan Bates.
In addition to most of Shakespeare’s plays, he was musical director for many other RSC productions including Peter Pan, The Wizard of Oz, The Three Sisters, Les Enfants Du Paradis and The Lion, and The Witch and The Wardrobe. He has also composed or arranged many RSC scores including The Happiest Days of Your Life, The Three Sisters, Barbarians, The Churchill Play, Playing with Trains, The Man Who Came to Dinner, Divine Gossip, Amphibians, Son of Man, The Hostage and Uncle Vanya. Most recent RSC productions included All’s Well That Ends Well, (with Judi Dench), King Lear (with Corin Redgrave) and Hamlet (with Toby Stephens.)
From 2006 to 2008 Richard worked on the stage production of Lord of the Rings, as Music Associate in Toronto, and as production Music Director for the West End show at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane.
From 2008 to 2012 he was Course Leader in Musical Theatre at South Essex College, and has recently composed two musicals Murder Mystery Musical which premiered at the Edinburgh Festival, and House Wives (based on Aristophanes’ Lysistrata, book and lyrics by Mary Evans) premiered at the Palace Westcliff. Richard is currently Head of Music at the East 15 Acting School.
The works Richard has composed four pieces for the Classical Road Show for massed children’s choir and orchestra
- Fire by Richard Brown Script by Fern Dickson and Sarah Harding, Lyrics by Fern Dickson and Richard Brown
- Zambezi Tales: music Richard Brown, words Nigel Williams
- Dreamtime Tales: music Richard Brown, words Nigel Williams
- Widecombe Fair: music Richard Brown, words Nigel Williams
“Hereward” was commissioned by Cambridgeshire’s High Sheriff and was performed in Ely Cathedral in 2015. Click here for programme.
"Agincourt" was commissioned by Agincourt 600 in 2015. More information can be found here
Richard tutors in musical composition, orchestral arrangement as well as professional audition preparation for singing actors. www.theprofs.co.uk
Richard is also director of Marco the Maltabus Ltd which specialises in multilingual reading resources. He is currently arranging traditional action nursery rhymes from Malta, China, Poland, Czech Republic, Croatia, Spain and Brazil in addition to arranging English traditional action nursery songs into all the languages above. This project is to support families for whom English is not a first language so they can support their children’s education in any combination of the languages above through books and songs.