About the Artists

Richard Barnard


Richard Barnard is a British composer. He has been commissioned by many singers, ensembles, opera companies and festivals including Welsh National Opera, Mark Padmore, St Endellion Festivals, Opera North, CBSO, Bath Festival, National Dance Company Wales, Operasonic and Live Music Now. His music has been performed nationally and internationally by musicians including Juice Vocal Ensemble, BBC Singers, WNO Orchestra, Sarah Newbold, Amanda Cook, Delta Saxophone Quartet, Piotr Lempa and Siân Cameron. Collaborations with writers and artists include poet Ian McMillan, playwright Alan Harris and visual artists Kathy Hinde and Heidi Hinder.

Heidi Hinder

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Heidi Hinder is an artist, designer and maker. She is a resident of the Pervasive Media Studio in Bristol, and likes to craft objects designed to create social experiences. Her sculptural work is held in numerous museum collections, including the British Museum and the V&A. 

Live Music Now Musicians

Rachael Elliot

Rachael completed her undergraduate and post graduate studies at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama on scholarship, receiving Firsts in both of her final recitals. She now enjoys a freelance career in Wales and the South of England, performing with orchestras including the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, British Sinfonietta, National Symphony Orchestra, Bristol Ensemble, Sinfonia Cymru, Welsh Session Orchestra and Cinematic Sinfonia around the UK and Europe. She performs regularly with the Cambria and Caradog String Quartets and is the newest Member of the Laurent Quartet with Live Music Now.

Alison Boden

Alison studied violin at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama generously supported by EMI Sound Foundation where she received a Masters in Performance and BMus (Hons) under the tutelage of David Adams, Nick Whiting and Peter Hanson. Living in Bath, Alison enjoys a freelance career combining teaching, working with orchestras such as Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Bristol Ensemble, Sinfonia Cymru and Welsh National Opera and playing chamber music with The Laurent Quartet.

Louis Bingham

Louis grew up in Devon amongst a family of musicians in a house full of instruments, and has learnt music in the oral tradition since before he can remember. Throughout his early years and teens he cut his teeth performing with the Totnes Saturday Morning Music jazz band, busking at local markets and festivals, playing in trad sessions, and generally trying out any instrument he could get his hands on. In 2009 Louis moved to the North East to study, graduating in 2013 from Newcastle University with a first in Folk and Traditional Music, majoring in performance. Louis toured for two seasons with Giffords Circus, devising music and performing live for the sell-out shows The Thunders (2014) and Moon Songs (2015), and In 2015 released Curlicue (Waulk Records) with flute and clarinet player Freya Rae. An album exploring Irish and Breton material, including new compositions influenced by those traditions, Curlicue was widely acclaimed: ‘Beautifully arranged and played with an entirely convincing sensibility… this is exquisite musicianship’ The Living Tradition. Now back in the West country Louis performs in the Radial Band, collaborates as an associate producer with Waulk Records, and continues to work on new material and projects.