Biography

Peter’s work is currently divided between scores for contemporary ballet and film & television. Very much in demand as a ballet composer Peter is now working on his 6th ballet Frida (an extended version of Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Broken Wings) for Dutch National Ballet. His full length ballet The Crucible (chr. Helen Pickett for Scottish Ballet)  opened this year’s Edinburgh International Festival dance programme to 5-star reviews and this 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, mouthorgan and keyboard. His other ballet scores are Broken Wings (2016) which was revived this year by ENB, Tennessee Williams’ Camino Real for Atlanta Ballet (2015 and 2017) and A Streetcar Named Desire which has established itself as a classic narrative ballet and is currently running in Estonia and will open in Nashville this 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.

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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