Recently named as one of the Evening Standard’s 1000 Most Influential People in London, Russell Hepplewhite has won critical acclaim for his groundbreaking operas for children, including Shackleton’s Cat, Silver Electra, Borka the Goose with No Feathers and Laika the Spacedog, which toured extensively as part of English Touring Opera‘s national tours. Laika has since won two major awards at the prestigious Armel International Opera Festival before a subsequent transfer to Avignon Opera. Russell has also composed a new opera for W11 Opera in London for 9-18 year old children and young people to perform, as well as a composing a new musical Moonfleet for the Salisbury Playhouse.

Outside of children’s opera, his choral music is published with Banks Music Publishing and he is the resident composer for Arcubus Ensemble. His music appears on CD releases for labels including Regent Records and has been featured on BBC Television and Radio, as well as being performed at venues including the Royal Albert Hall, the Wigmore Hall, the Library Theatre Luton, the Purcell Room and the Queen Elizabeth Hall. He has received numerous awards, including the PRSF David Bedford Award and two major prizes from the Armel International Opera Festival.

Recent highlights include a song-cycle entitled It was born of the Stars for Glyndebourne, Parallel, an Olympics-inspired musical commissioned by the Salisbury Playhouse, two melodramas for narrator and piano for the actor Timothy West, and several instrumental and choral pieces which have been performed in concert series’ and festivals, including the King’s Lynn Festival, European Opera Day, Denver Cathedral Concerts and Musiques à Pontorson in France.

Russell is currently collaborating with various ensembles and soloists, including Counterpoise, Svyati Duo, Contempo Ensemble, all of whom have commissioned pieces to be performed or recorded over the next year.

Russell is also active as a pianist, teaches Composition and Musicianship at the Royal College of Music Junior Department and is an examiner for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. He was awarded a scholarship to study composition and piano at the Royal College of Music following previous studies at Chetham’s School of Music.

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