Richard Slaney is the Managing Director at 59 Productions, leading projects for the company as a project director and acting as in-house producer for larger scale works.
A music graduate, Richard has a strong interest in using technology to allow audiences new perspectives on classical music and music making, and much of his work for 59 Productions has focused on this area. In 2015 Richard created The Harmonium Project as the opening event for the Edinburgh international Festival. The event combined John Adams’s mesmerising choral work Harmonium with a series of spectacular animations, projected onto the outside of the Usher Hall.
In 2016 Richard led the team creating a spectacular event to mark the centenary of the Boeing Company. This once-in-a-lifetime event was the first of its kind: theatre with aeroplanes, featuring animated sequences projection-mapped onto moving aircraft. Projects as a producer also include Lighting the Sails of the Sydney Opera house, Deep Time for Edinburgh International Festival and the Digital Revolution exhibition for the Barbican Centre.
Before joining 59 Productions, Richard was the Head of Digital for the Philharmonia Orchestra (London) establishing and leading the Orchestra’s critically acclaimed Digital Department, creating innovative exhibitions, films, live performances and apps.