Our Composers

Richard Brown:

Music 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, 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) premiered at the Palace Westcliff. Richard is currently Head of Music at the East 15 Acting School. 

David Lyons:

David studied at the Royal Academy of Music and Bristol University. His compositions cover a wide range, from orchestral, choral, chamber and educational pieces to music theatre. Much of his music has been performed and broadcast world-wide and has been recorded (including an exclusive CD of his orchestral works conducted by David Lloyd-Jones).

In collaboration with the librettist ACH Smith, he has also written two music theatre works: Albert's Bridge, based on Tom Stoppard's radio play (Shaftesbury Community Theatre 1999) and Doctor Love, adapted from Moliere (Tobacco Factory Theatre, Bristol 2008). 

Two of his pieces for performance by professional orchestras and massed choirs of children are in the Classical Road Show repertoire: The Battle of Trafalgar and Game, a musical football match.

Jonathan Dove:

Jonathan is best known as a composer of operas and choral music.  His airport-comedy, Flight, was a landmark premiere in the Glyndebourne programme of 1998 and was broadcast on Channel 4.  This production then toured Europe and beyond, meeting with enthusiastic responses from audience and music critics.  He has also written four large-scale community operas and a church opera, Tobias and the Angel, which re-opened the Young Vic's renovated theatre in October 2006. The Young Vic also presented The Enchanted Pig, a musical fairy tale, as its Christmas Show in December 2006/January 2007 with subsequent tour around the UK.

Jonathan's television opera When she died... , after the death of Princess Diana, was first broadcast in 2002 to an audience of nearly a million viewers in the UK alone and a staged version was premièred at Kammeroper Vienna in March 2007. Man on the Moon, a TV opera about the first moon-landing, was broadcast on Channel 4 in December 2006 and won the Opera Special Prize at the Rose d’Or Festival for Television Programming in 2007 and a Gold Medal at the Park City Film Music Festival 2008.

Jonathan’s commitment to working in the community is also shown in The Hackney Chronicles, an opera for primary school children for Hackney Music Development Trust; he also collaborated with the Trust on Hear Our Voice, a cantata developed with young people, setting writings of children of the Holocaust. On Spital Fields, a Community Cantata for 200 performers, received its première in the 2005 Spitalfields Festival and won a RPS as well as a British Composer Award. Jonathan has a long-standing relationship with the Spitalfields Festival and was its artistic director from December 2001 until July 2006.

In 2004, Jonathan wrote The Sea is Calm for The Classical Road Show, premiered by the Guildford Philharmonic Orchestra in Dorking Halls together with his other two Seaside Pictures, Wish you were here and Having a lovely time. 

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