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Composing music might be likened to juggling whilst riding a unicycle: what a wonderful feeling to keep all the balls in the air and not fall off! But this is only possible after a few preliminaries have been taken care of. First one has to invent the wheel. Then the ball. And then all the other components of the unicycle (and figure out how they’re put together). Nobody wants to see the joins, or know how it put together, yet there are so many concepts that must be understood and internalised for everything to appear seamless. So composing is not easy. Yet how can one resist those unlimited possibilities, especially in a world where so much is organised for us, and it can seem that we have so little freedom?

And why is that the best music in the world feels so damn good? I wish I knew, but at least through trying to write the stuff, I can feel like I’m somehow engaging with this question…

Whalley Works now published

Composers EditionRichard Whalley is delighted to be one of the founder-member composers to be published by Composers Edition. Scores and parts now available from


Latest News:

New Sounds from Manchester CD released

A feast for the Senses

Stunning and challenging works for string quartet all receiving their first recordings. The Quatuor Danel is the quartet in residence at the University of Manchester (England); all of the composers have strong links with the University too. Established composers John Casken and Philip Grange are joined by two of the new generation, Camden Reeves and Richard Whalley, with works of exceptional distinctiveness and inspiration.

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Upcoming Events:

Sunday 24th July
Clare Hammond piano recital, Hay-on-Wye

Bach - Toccata in D minor, BWV 913
Adès - Mazurkas Op. 27
Beethoven - Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13 'Pathétique Szymanowski - Mazurkas Op. 50, Nos. 2, 9 and 6
Whalley - Three Preludes
Medtner - Sonata Romantica, Op. 53 No. 1

3pm, Dorstone House, Dorstone, Herefordshire HR3 6AQ Tickets £14 from Richard Booth's Bookshop, Lion Street, Hay on Wye HR3 5AA or on 01497 820322. More information online.


Recent Events

Thursday 14th April 2016, 1.10pm
Ebonit Saxophone Quartet Lunchtime Concert
Cosmo Rodewald Concert Hall, University of Manchester, M13 9PL

Specialising in string quartet repertoire and commissioning new works from composers, the Ebonit Saxophone Quartet is no normal quartet, and this concert will include new works by Richard Whalley and Kevin Malone.

Thursday 25th February 2016, 1.10pm
Gavin Osborn Lunchtime Concert
Cosmo Rodewald Concert Hall, University of Manchester, M13 9PL

A concert of contemporary flute repertoire by flute virtuoso Gavin Osborn, including new works by Richard Whalley and Elizabeth Ditmanson

Monday 21st - Tuesday 22nd September 2015
Milan Expo 2015

Having been selected as one of 50 finalists for the Feeding Music Composition Competition, my new work, ‘Wonderland’ for 7 musicians will be performed on the above two dates by Divertimento Ensemble at the EXPO Gate on the Milan EXPO site.

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Richard Whalley, August 2015


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