Russell Hepplewhite studied composition and piano as a scholar at the Royal College of Music following previous studies at Chetham's School of Music. His choral and instrumental works have been performed in numerous venues across the United Kingdom including Glyndebourne, Wigmore Hall, Snape Maltings, and Kings Place.
Russell has won critical acclaim for his two groundbeaking operas for young audiences, Laika the Spacedog and Shackleton's Cat, both of which were commissioned by English Touring Opera.
Laika won two major awards for Best Production at the Armel International Opera Festival in Hungary, and subsequently transferred to the Grand Opera in Avignon. His music appears on CD releases for the Regent Records label, and has been featured on BBC Television.
Russell's choral music is noted for its colourful harmonies and accessible musical language, and he has set an equal amount of sacred and secular texts. Most recently Russell has been commissioned by the world-renowned Trinity Boys Choir to compose a work for their forthcoming 50th Anniversary Concert.