Richard Yarr

senior producer, classical music

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  • BBC Northern Ireland


Richard Yarr is Senior Producer, Classical Music with BBC Northern Ireland. He read music at Queen’s University and graduated with First Class Honours, and the May Turtle Scholarship for academic excellence, in 1992. He then gained a choral scholarship to King’s College London, where he completed a Master of Music Degree, before returning to Queen’s to undertake Doctoral studies.

Since 2000 Richard has been producing for BBC Radio Ulster and Radio 3. He is currently responsible for Ulster Orchestra content on BBC platforms, chamber music recorded across Ireland and local broadcasts of Choral Evensong. He also oversees BBC Radio Ulster’s weekly classical music show, Classical Connections with John Toal, and created BBC Radio Ulster’s highly successful School Choir of the Year Competition in 2015.

In other roles with the Corporation Richard co-ordinated the BBC-wide coverage of Derry~Londonderry City of Culture 2013, across TV, Radio and Online. He has also worked as part of the BBC Singers Management Team in London.

Richard is sought after as an adjudicator and is a Patron of the Northern Ireland Young Musician of the Year Competition. He is Chair of the Charles Wood Festival and Summer School in Armagh and founded the Northern Ireland International Organ Competition in 2011.

participating in

  • Classical:NEXT 2018
  • Classical:NEXT 2017

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