Peter Reynolds's cantata, Adieu to all alluring toys has just been issued by Meridian on CDE 84614 performed by Paul Carey Jones and Ian Ryan. See
http://www.meridian-records.co.uk/acatalog/CDE84614_Songs_Now.html for more details and to hear an extract
Forthcoming performances include the second performance of my recent string quartet, footsteps quiet in the shadows (String Quartet No 2)on 12 May at this year's Vale of Glamorgan Festival (see valeofglamorganfestival.org.uk
On 17 March at the National Museum of Wales at 1pm Still Life with Guitar will be playing Serenata 1 for flute & guitar.
Current projects include a work for cello and strings for this year's Lower Machen Festival for Leonid Gorokhov (fp. 25.6.13), a work for violin and guitar for Matthew Jones and Gerard Cousins and a new piano piece for York's Late Music Concerts (fp. 7.9.13)
PETER REYNOLDS was born in Cardiff in 1958 where he studied and now lives and works. During the 1980s he received several bursaries to attend the Dartington Summer School where he attended composition classes by Morton Feldman, Peter Maxwell Davies and Gordon Crosse. He was awarded the Michael Tippett Award for Composition in 1986. His first large-scale commission, a work for chamber orchestra, was completed in 1987 for the Dartington Summer School.
His music has been has been broadcast on Radio 3, BBC Wales and BBC Television and performed in Britain, Europe and the USA at venues and festivals including Bangor New Music Festival, Brighton Festival, Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, Chapter, Cardiff, Cheltenham Town Hall, Dartington International Summer School, Go West Festival, Lincoln Cathedral; Late Music Festival, York, Lower Machen Festival, Purcell Room (Southbank Centre), St Davids Hall, Cardiff, Symphony Hall (Birmingham), Vale of Glamorgan Festival, Wales Millennium Centre, Waterford New Music Week, Ireland, & Welsh Week (Brussels).
In 1993 his opera, The Sands of Time was recognised by the Guinness Book of Records as a world record for the world's shortest opera at 3 minutes and 34 seconds. He joined the academic staff of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff in 1994 and has also been a tutor of composition there since 2002.
In addition to his work as a composer, Peter Reynolds was Artistic Director of both the Cardiff-based PM Music Ensemble and the Lower Machen Festival (1997-2009). He is also a writer on music and published a history of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in 2009.
His music is characterised by stillness, simplicity, an occasional playfulness and a tendency to set unusual and quixotic texts. His music avoids large-scale rhetorical forms and is often fashioned on a small-scale and revised over many years before reaching its final shape.
Orchestral Music or String Orchestra
Diaphony (1986/7 rev. 1992) Chamber orchestra: 1121 2200, perc, hp & strings. Duration: 18. Commissioned by the Dartington International Summer School. Fp: Guildhall Strings & North Winds cond. Grieves Smith, Dartington Hall, 6.8.87
Serenata III (1999) Strings. Duration: 7. Fp: London String Soloists. Lower Machen Festival, St Woolos Cathedral, Newport: 3.7.03. See also Chamber music
Canons for the Longest Day (2010). Strings 44331 & two off-stage violins. Duration: 6. Commissioned by the Lower Machen Festival. Fp. Welsh Chamber Players cond. Peter Esswood, Lower Machen Festival, 22.6.10
Shifts (1984) fl. ob. cl. perc. Duration: 7. Fp: Ixion cond. Composer. BMIC, London, 9.6.87
Unison (1986) 2 cls. Duration: 3 . Fp. Dartington Summer School, 21.8.86
String Sextet (1988) 2 vln, 2 va, 2 vc. Duration: 10
Borrowed Time (1983-88) fl, ob, cl, vln, vc, perc & piano. Duration: 9. Fp: New London Chamber Players cond. Philip Cashian. University Concert Hall, Cardiff, 9.3.88. Pub. Oriana
Moonsongs (1987-91) fl, vln, vc & piano. Duration: 15. Fp: PM Music Ensemble, Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff, 7.2.92. Pub. Oriana
Bye, baby bunting (1987-93) String Trio. Duration: 15. Fp: PM Music Ensemble. Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff, 7.5.93. Pub. Oriana
Old King Cole (1994) vln, vc, fl, cl, pno. Duration: 11. Fp: PM Music Ensemble, Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff, 2.12.94. Pub. Oriana
String Quartet No.1 (1996) 2 vln, vla, vc. Duration: 22. Commissioned by the Go West Festival with funds provided by the Arts Council of Wales. Fp: Bingham Quartet, Theatre Mwldan, Cardigan, 30.9.96
Hold not thy peace and be not still (1997). fl, vc & pno. Duration: 10. Commissioned by the Go West Festival. Fp: Nancy Ruffer, Tim Gill & Andrew Ball. Queens Hall, Narberth, 27.9.97. Pub. Oriana
Serenata III (1999) vln, vc, fl, cl, pno (or harp). Duration: 7. Fp: PM Music Ensemble, Norwegian Church Arts Centre, Cardiff Bay: 20.5.99. See also String Orchestra
Cheap Labour (1999), 2 euphoniums & 2 tubas. Duration: 4. Commissioned by the Vale of Glamorgan Festival. Fp: Tubalatι, St. Donats Arts Centre, 5.9.99
The Silver Apples of the Moon Nocturnes for Wind Quintet (2002), fl, ob, cl, hn & bsn. Duration: 15. Commissioned by Crwth Concert Series. Fp. Alauna Ensemble, Crwth Concerts, George Hall, Swansea: 28.2.02
Barcarolle (2007). Fl, cl, hn, vln, vc. Duration: 3. Fp. Cardiff University, 30.5.07
Beiliheulog (2009). Fl, vla, guit. Duration: 6
footsteps quiet in the shadows (String Quartet No.2) (2012) 2 vln, vla, vc. Duration: 12. Commissioned by the Monmouth Festival with funds provided by the Arts Council of Wales. Fp: Mavron Quartet, Monmouth Festival, 23.8.12
Bell Patterns (1988) solo viola. Duration: 5. Fp: John Rayson. Brighton Festival, 24.5.88
Dumpe (1990) viola/piano. Duration: 10. Fp: John Rayson/Gareth Davies. BMIC, London, 5.7.90. Pub. Oriana
Variations (1993) vc/pno. Duration: 8. Commissioned by Sound Affairs. Fp: Sharon McKinley & David Appleton. City United Reformed Church, Cardiff, 29.5.93
Tango (1993) Piano solo. Duration: 7. Fp: PM Concert. Andrew Wilson-Dickson, Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff, 26.6.93 (Also avaiable in a version for two pianos). Pub. Oriana
Serenata I (1994) flute/guitar. Duration 9. Fp: Lynne Plowman & Sally Hillier. Norwegian Church Arts Centre, Cardiff Bay, 14.10.94
Serenata II (1994) ob, pno. Duration: 10. Fp: Nicholas Williams & David Appleton, Regent Hall, London: 7.6.96. Pub. Oriana
So soft this morning, ours (1995) vln, pno. Duration: 10. Fp: Michael Rafferty & Andrew Wilson-Dickson, Norwegian Church Arts Centre, Cardiff Bay: 16.9.95. CD: Matthew Jones & Michael Hampton. Welsh Contemporary: Composers of Wales 01
Ngςmbν Song (1998), cl, pno. Duration 9. Fp: Verity Fielding & David Appleton. PM concert, Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea: 7.5.98
Suite (2000), solo cello. Duration: 15. Commissioned by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust with funds provided by the Arts Council of Wales. Fp: Alice Neary, Ystrad Mynach Music Club: 16.11.00. Pub. Oriana
There is a hoar frost
(2008). Guitar. Duration: 4. Fp. Michael McCartney, Brecon Cathedral, 31.5.10
In One Spot (2009). Piano. Duration: 4. Fp: David Appleton, London: 3.5.09
Lullaby (2009). For organ or any two appropriate instruments. Duration: 3
Hopton Wafers (2010). Cello. Duration: 3
Far down in the forest (2010). Three piano pieces for children based on the Tales of Hans Christian Andersen. Piano. Duration: 5
Bayvil (2011). Piano. Duration: 8. Fp. Ian Pace, Late Music Series, York: 6.8.11
Epithalamion (2011). Piano. Duration: 3'. Fp. Andrew Wilson-Dickson, Cardiff, 1.10.11
Cairn (2011). Harp. Duration: 4'
The Sands of Time - An Opera in Four Minutes (1993) Sop. Bar. Chorus of 4 sops. fl. 2 ob. 2 sax. bsn. tpt. perc. (or with piano accomp). Duration: 4. Commissioned by Cardiff Arts Marketing. Fp. Rhian Owen (sop), Dominic Burns (bar), Chorus and Players of the Welsh College of Music and Drama conductor Carlo Rizzi. Cardiff City Centre, 27.3.93. Pub. Banks Music Publishing.
Turtle Soup (1994) Words: Lewis Carroll. Duration: 4. Commissioned by Cherry Willingham Comprehensive School, Lincolnshire. Two-part song for children's voices with piano. Fp. Lincoln Cathedral, 14.10.95
Now Goeth Sun under Wood (1995). Words: Anon, Medieval. Duration: 1. SSA. Fp. Composers of Wales concert, Cardiff: 11.5.08
A New Year Carol (1997). Words: Anon. Duration: 4. Commissioned by Cherry Willingham Comprehensive School, Lincolnshire. Two-part song for children's voices with piano. Fp: Bishop Grosseteste College Choir. cond. John Banister. St Swithun's Church, Lincoln, 24.10.97
Barnacles (2000). Words: Martin Riley. Duration: 3. Two-part song for children's voices with piano.
Works for Voice(s)
The House of Alcinous (1997). Words adapted from Homer's Odyssey. Mezzo-soprano, vc & pno. Duration: 9. Commissioned by the Sajori Ensemble with funds provided by the Arts Council of Wales. Fp: Sajori Ensemble, St David's Hall, Cardiff: 18.11.97. Pub. Oriana
Near Nicosia, Sicily, July 28, 1943 (1998). Words: Geoff Dyer. Madrigal for soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor, bass. Duration: 7. Commissioned by the Go West Festival with funds provided by the Arts Council of Wales. Fp: Singcircle, cond. Gregory Rose, Theatre Mwldan, Cardigan: 16.10.98
Urban Songs (2002). Words: Adey Grummet. Soprano, fl, cl, vc & pno. Duration: 7. Fp. Adey Grummet & PM Music Ensemble, Late Music Festival, York: 16.3.02. (Also available for soprano with piano accompaniment)
Heartfelt Songs (2004). Words: Adey Grummet. Soprano, fl, cl, vln, vc & pno. Duration: 5. Fp. Adey Grummet & PM Music Ensemble, Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama: 16.3.04
Three Wang Wei Songs (2009). Words: Wang Wei (Chinese, 8th C.) Soprano (unaccompanied). Duration: 3. Fp: Sylvia Strand, Cardiff: 28.11.09
Only the Stars Remember (2010). Words: Maria Garner. Soprano & pno. Duration: 4. Fp: Gail Pearson & Martin Pacey, St Hughs Festival, Grimsby: 25.9.10
Adieu to all Alluring Toys (2011). Words: Anon. Baritone & pno. Duration: 4. Fp: Paul Carey Jones & Ian Ryan, Surrey University: 29.2.12. CD: Paul Carey Jones and Ian Ryan. Meridian CDE 84614
Pillow Songs (2011). Words: Sei Shonagon. Mezzo-soprano & pno. Duration: 4. Fp: Shoshana Pavett & Andrew Wilson-Dickson, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff: 28.9.11
Works with Spoken Text
The Head of Brass (2010). Words: Simon Rees. Narrator & saxophone quartet (sop, alto, ten & bass). Duration: 12. Commissioned by the Lunar Saxophone Quartet with funds provided by the Arts Council of Wales in association with the PRS Foundation. Fp: Lunar Saxophone Quartet, 5.11.10, Wales Millennium Centre. Cardiff. CD: Lunar Saxophone Quartet, Signum Classics SIGCD233.
For further details, recordings, scores and parts, please contact either:
Peter Reynolds, 46 Richmond Road, Roath, Cardiff. CF24 3AT.
Tel: +44 29 2048 2183 (Tel/Fax), E-mail: Peter.Reynolds@pjr.demon.co.uk
Oriana Publications. 71 Broad Street, Barry. CF62 5AT.
Tel: +44 29 2025 4768 / E-mail: email@example.com