Richard Birchall is one of the UK's most versatile young musicians, pursuing a varied and colourful career as cellist, composer, arranger and lyricist. As a member of the Philharmonia Orchestra Richard performs regularly in the great concert halls of the world; his solo and chamber work has ranged from Wigmore Hall to the catwalk at London Fashion Week.
Richard has appeared as concerto soloist with a number of British orchestras, at venues such as St John's Smith Square and West Road concert hall, Cambridge; as a recitalist and chamber musician he has performed at Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, Purcell Room, the Barbican, and venues throughout the UK, and broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4. Richard has given London premieres of duo works by Edward Harper and Sally Beamish for the Park Lane Group, and performed Pierre Boulez's Messagesquisse in the opening concert of the PLG New Year Series in 2011; his own piece Mirrors was premiered in the same concert by cello octet Cellophony.
Richard's arrangements and original compositions have been performed throughout the UK, including Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, The Sage Gateshead and other prestigious venues. His Psycho Suite, a transcription for the Tippett Quartet's project 'Herrmannfest', is available on Signum Classics and has featured on BBC Radio 3 and France Radio. Richard has completed commissions from the Doric, Barbirolli, Tippett and Piatti quartets, Minerva Trio, London Cello Orchestra and Ernest Read Symphony Orchestra. Richard's first original work for string quartet, Shape-Sorter, will be premiered by the Piatti Quartet in June 2014. Future projects include a concerto for cello and chamber orchestra, to be performed by Philharmonia Principal Cello Timothy Walden. A selection of Richard's works are now available in print through Cala Music Publishing.
Richard is founder and co-director of Cellophony cello octet, the UK's leading cello ensemble. Cellophony appear at festivals throughout the UK and further afield, garnering praise for their exhilarating performances, virtuosity, and unique programming; the group made its Wigmore Hall debut in December 2011, and have since delighted audiences in the UK, Europe, and as far afield as South Korea. Cellophony have recently released their debut disc 'Vibrez' on Edition Classics, receiving universal acclaim from the musical press.