Orchestral Compositions and Arrangements

Sinfonia Concertante

Commissioned by the LSO to open its centenary season and premiered at the Barbican under Sir Colin Davis
Soloists: Rod Franks, David Pyatt and Andrew Marriner
Available for hire from Richard Bissill

      movement 1 excerpt
      movement 2 excerpt
      movement 3 excerpt

Fast, slow, fast it went; perky pitched percussion spangled the orchestration; horn and trumpet counterpointed lugubriously in the central soft-focus rhapsody; and the finale fizzed with tricksy ideas and jazzy rhythms.
Hilary Finch (The Times)

Christmas Carnival

Commissioned by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Christmas Carnival won the first-ever Peter Knight Award for arranging, sponsored by the Musicians’ Union and Yorkshire TV. Recorded by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

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Best by a mile was Christmas Carnival, by Richard Bissill – full of syncopated buzz, ingeniously enjambed carols, stunning orchestration, and terrifically played. A palpable hit.
Roderick Dunnett (The Independent)

To hire the music from Boosey & Hawkes contact bevis.hungate@nullboosey.com
or phone 0044 20 7054 7240.

Rhapsody for Piano & Orchestra

Performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra with the dedicatee soloist, Philip Fowke.
Available for hire from Richard Bissill

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Richard Bissill’s Rhapsody For Piano And Orchestra was a delight. But this was not pastiche – but a fond remembrance – a splendid evocation of a style and of an era of British (film) music to be treasured. Technically a brilliantly accomplished piece of work.
David Wishart (recording producer)


An hour-long, multi-dimensional celebratory work for London, co-written with Eugene Skeef.

      The City is Mine
      Zulu Hymn
      Welcome to Britain
      The Children
      Prayer for London
      The Miracle

Commissioned by the London Philharmonic Orchestra to celebrate its 75th Anniversary Season and the 21st birthday of its Education and Community Programme.

Listen to some extracts recorded at the concert given at London’s Royal Festival Hall in June 2008.

The music for all or any of the movements can be hired from Richard Bissill

Grand Opening

A concert waltz overture written for the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
Available for hire from Richard Bissill

East Angliana

Commissioned by the BBC Concert Orchestra for the Norfolk and Norwich festival.
Available for hire from Richard Bissill

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East Side Stories

Commissioned by the BBC Concert Orchestra.
Available from Richard Bissill

That’s Entertainment

Written for and recorded by The Melachrino Orchestra, conducted by Robert Mandell.
Available for hire from Richard Bissill

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So In Love, Anything Goes Suite, If He Walked Into My Life, Guy’s and Dolls Suite, I’m Still Here, Whatever Lola Wants


      So In Love
      Anything Goes Suite
      If He Walked Into My Life
      Guys And Dolls Suite
      I'm Still Here

All commissioned by Reader’s Digest and conducted by Richard Bissill.
Arranged for orchestra including saxes and rhythm section.

Available for hire from Richard Bissill

One, Crapshooters Dance, Wedding Dance, Wagons Roll

All commissioned by Carl Davis.
Available from Richard Bissill

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