Richard Birchall


MARCH 2016: Richard has been invited to write the score for upcoming film The Tutor, directed by Anthony Vander. See the official trailer here.

MARCH 2016: Cellophony will give a repeat performance of Richard's Alice in Wonderland at King's Place in September 2016, narrated by Simon Callow.

JANUARY 2016: Richard recently composed a set of cadenzas for Mozart's Flute & Harp concerto - performed for the first time by Samuel Coles and Catrin Finch with the Philharmonia, conducted by Michael Collins.

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Richard Birchall pursues a varied and colourful career as cellist, arranger and composer. As a member of the Philharmonia Orchestra he performs regularly in the world's great concert halls, and has appeared as guest Principal Cello with the Northern Sinfonia, Irish Chamber Orchestra, and as concertmaster of the London Cello Orchestra; his solo and chamber work has ranged from Wigmore Hall to the catwalk at London Fashion Week. Read more...

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Richard is currently working on a substantial narrated piece for Cellophony, and also a new work for solo cello.

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"Just blows you away
       ...thrown off with terrific panache"
                        -The Daily Telegraph


"Messagesquisse was sensuously and scintillatingly delivered, with the fiendish solo superbly executed by Richard Birchall. And the latter's own moody Mirrors, replete with glissandos, harmonics and vocal hissing, revealed a composer who knows how to exploit fully the possibilities of his instrument"
- Richard Morrison, The Times



Minerva Piano Trio

Philharmonia Orchestra

Edition Records

Cala Records

Jeremy Watt



Faure "Andante" from Sonata No.1 in D minor
Richard Birchall (cello) Daniel Swain (piano)

Richard is founder and director of the UK's leading cello ensemble, Cellophony. See their official website here.

"An evidently gifted composer as well as performer"
- The Guardian

"masterly arrangements... it's impossible to imagine that the composer would be anything other than highly approving"
- International Record Review



Read more reviews here.


Jacob Gade's "Jealousy"
Richard Birchall leading the
London Cello Orhestra, with Geoffrey Simon, 2012

Bernard Herrmann's "Psycho Suite"
Tippett Quartet, arr Richard Birchall

Bond "James Bond 007"
Cellophony, 2015

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A selection of Richard's arrangements and original works are now available in print through Cala Music Publishing. and through Cellophony Edition. See below for details of some of his other projects:

"Psycho Suite... is most successfully arranged (by Richard Birchall) and thrillingly, chillingly delivered" - Gramophone

Richard's Psycho Suite was commissioned by the Tippett Quartet for their 'Herrmannfest' project; their studio recording can be found on the Signum Classics website here.

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