Composer, Music Director, Musician, Playwright, Lyricist

Associate Composer-Canadian Music Centre

The Canadian League of Composers

Canadian Aboriginal Music Award-Toronto-2008

Herbert Drost Award- 2019 British Columbia Choral Federation

Playwrights Guild of Canada

The Healing Heart Of The First People Of This Landa symphony in four movementsThe Seattle SymphonyMark Taper Auditorium 2006-

You have just heard a masterpiece“- Maestro Gerard Schwarz.

EARTHPRAYERS an oratorioOrpheum Theatre -Vancouver -1996

“Ruddell’s music is awesome…beautiful..exquisite, Ruddell writes gloriously for the voice…orchestrations as lush as Bruckner…the Death movement had the somber radiance of a Bach motet.”– The Vancouver Sun

“Ruddell’s music is uplifting…exhilarating… hypnotic… propulsive… sublime. moments of pure divinity…full of colour and variety…rhythmic surges that Frank Zappa or Igor Stravinsky would have been happy to claim…a breakout hit.” The Georgia Straight

The Spirit Of Haida Gwaii-an oratorioBill Reid textsMontreal, Waterloo, Vancouver-Six performnaces, multiple radio and television broadcasts

..powercul and complex….a perfect match for the opening concert of the 2008 Cultural Olympiad, at Christ Church Cathedral on Friday (February 1)—the first of many arts-related events scheduled between now and the 2010 Olympic Games. Much like the Olympics themselves, Reid and Ruddell’s oratorio is rooted in ancient myth—and its creators’ cross-cultural partnership exemplifies the kind of brotherhood that the games, at least theoretically, are intended to foster. Alex Varty

Beyond Eden-Rock MusicalVancouver, Calgary, Washington DC

‘World Class entertainment”-Calgary Sun. ‘Breathtaking spectacle’ The Georgia Straight

The Five Seasons-abridged- (twenty-five minutes) presented on Friday May 31, in Kirk Hall, Victoria BC. Six vocalists, eleven players and ten dancers.

“It’s hard to find words to describe the excellence of the performance in every way: beautiful, expressive, strong yet poignant.”-audience member

The Healing Heart Of The First People Of This Land


Wyndham Philharmonic-Vermont- October 14 2004.

Seattle Symphony March 7 2005.

University Of Washington January 2006

The Plague Diaries is a new music/theatre (lyric drama) creation funded by the Music Division of  The Canada Council. The work is inspired by Shakespeare’s isolation periods in London during the plague outbreaks and the political and social upheavals of the late 1500,s in London, England: “The plague was caused by sin and sin is caused by plays.”

A grand adventure!

Thanks for the visit. Much appreciated.


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Image and photo of The Raven screen by Gwaai Edenshaw. It is the front screen for my music theatre piece Beyond Eden. Red carpet photo by Melissa Ponder, Seattle.




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