Musical SupervisorRichard Balcombe

Tom Chambers

Richard Balcombe is firmly established as one of the most versatile musicians of his generation. Opera includes: conducting The Gondoliers (English National Opera), The Barber of Seville (Ulster Orchestra), The Magic Flute and Offenbach’s Bluebeard (English Chamber Orchestra), Rigoletto (English Touring Opera), Madama Butterfly (Central Festival Opera), Falstaff, Tosca, Cosi fan Tutte and The Marriage of Figaro (London Opera Players), Die Fledermaus, The Merry Widow, Iolanthe and The Pirates of Penzance (Carl Rosa) and HMS Pinafore & The Mikado (D’Oyly Carte Opera Company, UK and USA). He has also conducted for Bryn Terfel, Jose Carreras and Roberto Alagna and Angela Gheorgiu on BBC TV. Orchestral includes: working with some of the world’s leading orchestras including Gothenburg Symphony, Orchestre National de Lille, Odense Symphony, Stavanger Symphony, Estonian National Symphony, Stockholm Sinfonietta, Sonderjyllands Symphony, Prague Chamber Orchestra, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and Orquesta Sinfonica Gran Mariscal (Venezuela) and, in the UK, the LPO, RPO, RSNO, CBSO, ECO, Hallé, Ulster, National Symphony, BBC Concert, BBC Philharmonic, Northern Chamber, London Concert and London Musicians Orchestras and the Orchestra of Scottish Opera. In September 2012 he conducted Proms in the Park in Hyde Park. Theatre includes: in the West End, music director for The Phantom of the Opera, Aspects of Love, Carmen Jones, Cats and Once on this Island. Also, Divorce Me Darling, Out of This world, The Gondoliers and How to Succeed (Chichester), Babes in Arms (Cardiff International Festival), Follies in Concert (London Palladium) Guys and Dolls (RPO), Wonderful Town and South Pacific (Grange Park Opera), Anton and Erin Steppin Out, Puttin’ on the Ritz and Let’s Do it (2010-12 UK tours), musical supervisor for Promises and Lies and Top Hat (world premieres) and Kiss Me, Kate (UK tour). Orchestrations and arranging includes: Richard is a prolific orchestrator and arranger, providing orchestrations for most of the orchestras in the UK, for artists Lesley Garrett, Willard White, Michael Ball, Sir Cliff Richard, Will Young and Ronan Keating and for The Sound of Musicals (Barbican and UK tour), Sounds of Hollywood (Ruthie Henshall, UK tour), Fred Astaire: His Daughter’s Tribute (London Palladium), Hollywood Symphonic (France), Can You Feel the Love Tonight?, The Magnificent Musicals and Something Wonderful (UK tours), Out of this world, How to Succeed, Babes in Arms and The Gondoliers (Chichester), Promises and Lies (Birmingham Rep) and The Merry Widow (Carl Rosa). He was music associate for BBC TV’s Maestro in 2008 and in 2009 he arranged, orchestrated and conducted the score for Adam Cooper’s Shall We Dance (Sadlers Wells). He conceived, arranged and orchestrated What the World Needs Now – The Music of Burt Bacharach (premiered in 2012 by the RPO) and he has created reduced orchestral versions of 25 complete operas which are now used worldwide. Recordings include: The Martyr of Antioch (Sullivan), With a Song in My Heart (Wynne Evans), Love Unspoken, The Musicality of Irving Berlin, Showstoppers from Broadway, three original cast albums, This Time It’s Personal (Michael Ball), The Rutter & Gadd Family Album, The London Cello Sound, Fred Astaire: His Daughter’s Tribute, Brideshead Revisited and Merciless Beauty, the DVD Sometimes I Dream and What the World Needs Now with the RPO.

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