Richard Irwin is a composer, arranger and recording artist.
Build a Better World 2021 – Environmental Fundraising Through Music
June 5th 2021 marks the 46th anniversary of World Environment Day 2021 and we are doing our bit to help restore our planet and to build a better world by releasing Better World.
In 2020, Cheshire-based Nashville recording artist and award-winning singer-songwriter Colin Gordon-Farleigh has joined forces with Nashville-based composer Sandy Smolen and recording artist Cindy Hall to record the song “Better World“. It is a song about how we need to build a better world for the future and how we all have our part to play in doing this.
All those involved in creating the track have volunteered to donate their worldwide royalties from Better World when played on streaming services such as iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon, Spotify and the rest, for at least 12 months. These royalties will go to three charities which were publicity nominated through a form on this website during May 2021: WWF, Trees for Future and Oceana. So instead of asking people for donations, we are simply asking your help to let us donate the maximum amount of money by playing and sharing the song. Our initial target is one million plays.
Please help save the world by spreading the word, using the Social Media buttons on the left and sharing our song with as many people as possible, every play and share means more money for charitable causes.
Writer Colin Gordon-Farleigh comments, “I would describe it as a protest song but with hope. The lyrics examine the human-inflicted devastation on our planet and while people will be familiar with many of the messages within it, the reality is that we aren’t making the level of progress we need to. But the song also speaks of the hope that there still is for the future if we all work together to make it right.”
Singer Cindy Hall adds, “I am thrilled to be part of this and hope this song encourages people to really reflect on the purpose of World Environment Day 2021 – music is another way to connect that message of urgency, the need to do something, with the other message that there is hope, we can make a change, and that starts with individual action. If we reach our target of a million downloads, we’ll be absolutely delighted and we’re really hoping people will support us in what we’re trying to achieve.”
Sung by Cindy Hall – Sheer Joy Music
Richard Irwin Introduction
Richard Irwin started composing as a child and attended Music School in Huddersfield, England before taking his degree. Although a successful career in technology took precedence until recently, music remained a central part of his life. He has to date published a number of albums and singles which are available through most on-line music stores.
In 2007, at the prompting of his father-in-law, a Lay Minister in the Church of England, who was disappointed with the quality of existing CDs and ‘Hymn machines’, Richard began producing music for use is churches where they do not have an organist or other musicians.
He started his website HymnsWithoutWords.com as a free resource. This has been visited by millions of people and has hundreds of tracks available for free download. The number of hymns available is increasing almost daily as Richard receives requests for new recordings from around the world. He has written his own hymns and worked with writers to create new hymns using both existing and newly composed tunes. Each recording is performed to meet the requirements of congregational singers, with an appropriate choice of instrumentation in such a way as to match the meaning and breathing requirements of the words. Choirs can also take advantage of being able to download SATB arrangements of many of these new hymns.
In 2013 he started to write meditation music, inspired by a fusion of both Eastern and Western spiritual teachings. Together these works are collectively known as ‘Meditations of The Angels’ and have been played as experiential meditations to audiences as well as being available to download.
In 2017, he was commissioned to make arrangements of songs written by Colin Gordon-Farleigh of Sheer Joy Music with both original compositions and by composers such as Greg Sheer. One of Richard’s original songs ‘Hold You One More Time”, recorded with soprano Victoria Paterson, won the Akademia Best Classic Song Award May 2019 and got to #50 in the iTunes charts.
Richard is currently busy with commissions and with adding ever more recordings to his considerable repertoire. He is working with two choirs in the UK and USA to produce a Christmas Album of some twenty carols, many new, which is expected to be released in 2021.
Regarding other interests, Richard is a Director of The Scientific and Medical Network and founder member of the Galileo Commission which is seeking to extend the remit of Science beyond the current materialist paradigm.
Richard lives in a house on an organic farm in Wiltshire with his wife Nicky.
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Composer, Arranger of Best Classic Song Award May 2019
Richard Irwin Original Hymns
Richard Irwin Contemporary Hymn Arrangements
Richard Irwin Meditations
Richard Irwin Anthems
Richard Irwin Wedding Music
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