Richard Arnell (born September 15, 1917 in Hampstead, London) is an English composer of classical music.
Arnell studied at the Royal College of Music in London from 1935 to 1939, and was taught there by John Dykes and John Ireland. His music has been championed by Thomas Beecham, Leopold Stokowski and Bernard Herrmann, among others. Between 1947 and 1987 he taught at Trinity College in London.
Arnell composed the music for The Land (1942), a 45-minute documentary film directed by Robert J. Flaherty for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He was also commissioned by the Ford Motor Company to compose a symphonic suite inspired by the workers in the factory at Dagenham. The resulting work accompanies a film entitled 'Opus 65'.
Arnell's six symphonies were first recorded in 2005 by the Musica Nova Orchestra, based in Scottsdale, Arizona, conducted by Warren Cohen.
For piano solo, Arnell wrote The Fox Variations, Op. 15, published 1958.
Arnell has composed six string quartets.
His many ballets have been successfully staged in both New York and London. The most popular of these have been "Punch and the Child" - recorded by Beecham and the RPO - "Harlequin in April" and "The Great Detective".