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Richard Canavan is a British Composer of Music for Film and Television, working predominantly in long-form documentary and drama. Credits including two prime-time documentaries for the BBC (one BAFTA nominated), international award winning feature films and a selection of studio trailer syncs (Tolkien, The Post, Beauty and the Beast, The Jungle Book).

Richard is also a regular composer for Abbey Road Masters, a unique label of cinematic music recorded at Abbey Road Studios alongside collaborators London Contemporary Orchestra. Recent releases include Cinematic Piano and Contemporary Score, both recorded with the LCO in Studio Two.

Love Type D, Richard’s most recent feature was selected for the British Independent Film Awards ‘Springboard Programme’, as well as being screened at multiple film festivals around the world.

Alongside work in film and television, Richard is also a Composer of emotive, cinematic score for trailer music catalogue Audiomachine. Over the years, this music has found a home in a number of international trailers and TV spots, including Military Wives, created for Empire Design.

Richard is the founder of the Production Music Awards, an event celebrating the most talented composers from around the world. The awards take place every year in London in November.

With the majority of his experience in music for documentary, this area tends to be Richard’s focus. Richard composed the score for Nureyev: Dance to Freedom, which tells the extraordinary story of the Soviet ballet dancer and his defection to the west during the first ever major tour of a Russian ballet company at the height of the Cold War. The film was nominated for a BAFTA British Academy Television award.