Biography

Peter’s work is currently divided between scores for contemporary ballet and film & television. Very much in demand as a ballet composer Peter’s 6th ballet Frida for Dutch National Ballet (an extended version of Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Broken Wings) has just completed it’s first run in Amsterdam to sold-out houses. The Crucible (chr. Helen Pickett for Scottish Ballet)  a full length narrative ballet opened 2019’s Edinburgh International Festival dance programme to 5-star reviews. And last August saw the hugely popular premier in New York of The Little Prince for BalletX (chr.Lopez Ochoa) in which he also performed much of the music live on electric violin, banjo, mouth organ and keyboard. His other ballet scores are Broken Wings (2016) which was revived this year by ENB, a ballet based on Tennessee Williams’ Camino Real for Atlanta Ballet (2015 and 2017) and A Streetcar Named Desire which has established itself as a classic of narrative ballet and is currently running in Estonia and opened in Nashville last November. At it’s Scottish Ballet premier in 2011 Streetcar opened to five-star reviews and has received huge international acclaim winning the Sky Arts Dance award and an Olivier award nomination. He is currently working on a new full length ballet for Ballet Hispanico which will open in 2021.

This year he received a National Dance Awards nomination (Outstanding Creative Contribution category) for his score for The Crucible.

His media work is also internationally renowned, principally his music for Call the Midwife – which won the Best Television Programme Music category at the Music and Sound Awards 2016 – as well as other high profile productions including dramas such as Cider With Rosie, Five Daughters (nominated for Best Original Score at the RTS awards) Great Expectations (BBC) and documentaries including Francesco’s Venice and Simon Schama’s The Power of Art (BBC2).

His extensive theatre work includes many scores for productions by the RSC, The National Theatre and Shared Experience Theatre.

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