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Great news! I've been awarded a Creative Wales grant from the Arts Council of Wales to develop his work during 2013-14.
Work currently in progress includes a work brass trio in collaboration with Francesca Kay commissioned by Ty Cerdd.
The Mavron Quartet have recorded my recent string quartet, footsteps quiet in the shadows in March. They have just finished a run of performances over the last two months in Hay-on-Wye (11 Dec), the National Museum of Wales (15 Dec), Ystrad Mynach (11 Jan), Lampeter (26 Jan), Reading (10 Feb) and the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama (15 Feb).
Beiliheulog had its first performance of the version for flute, viola and harp at St Hugh's College Oxford on 7 March.
Two performances of The Sands of Time will be given by Intimate Opera, Indianopolis, on 6 & 7 June (see .www.intimateopera.org/IntimateOpera/).
Recent first performances include a new piano piece, Ecco Mormorar L'onde for York's Late Music Concerts (fp. 7.9.13) and Beiliheulog for flute, viola and guitar by Still Life with Guitar at the National Museum of Wales (15.9.13) and Moon-ark,a work for cello and strings for this year's Lower Machen Festival for Leonid Gorokhov (fp. 25.6.13).
My cantata, Adieu to all alluring toys has also 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
PETER REYNOLDS was born in Cardiff 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 ORCHESTEA
Crabsong (2013). Symphony Orchestra 2222 4331, harp, timp & strings.
Moon-ark (2013). Solo cello & string 44221. Commissioned by the Lower Machen Festival. Fp. Leonid Gorokhov / Welsh Chamber Players / Peter Esswood, Lower Machen Festival, 25.6.13
Canons for the Longest Day (2010). Strings 44331 & two off-stage violins. Duration: 6. Commissioned by the Lower Machen Festival. Fp. Welsh Chamber Players / Peter Esswood, Lower Machen Festival, 22.6.10
Serenata III (1999/2003). Strings. Duration: 7. Fp: London String Soloists. Lower Machen Festival, St Woolos Cathedral, Newport: 3.7.03. See also Chamber music
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 / Grieves Smith, Dartington Hall, 6.8.87
CHAMBER MUSIC (3-12 Players)
footsteps quiet in the shadows (String Quartet No.2) (2012). 2 vln, vla, vc. Duration: 15. Commissioned by the Monmouth Festival with funds provided by the Arts Council of Wales. Fp: Mavron Quartet, St. Marys Church, Monmouth: 23.8.12.
Beiliheulog (2009). Fl, vla, guit. Duration: 6. Fp. Still Life with Guitar, National Museum of Wales, Cardiff: 15.9.13
Barcarolle (2007). Fl, cl, hn, vln, vc. Duration: 3. Fp. Cardiff University, 30.5.07
The Silver Apples of the Moon Nocturnes for Wind Quintet (2002). Fl, ob, cl, hn & bsn. Duration: 15. Fp. Alauna Ensemble, Crwth Concerts, George Hall, Swansea: 28.2.02
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
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
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
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
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
Bye, baby bunting (1987-93). String Trio. Duration: 15. Fp: PM Music Ensemble. Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff, 7.5.93. Pub. Oriana
Moonsongs (1987-91). Fl, vln, vc & piano. Duration: 15. Fp: PM Music Ensemble, Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff, 7.2.92. Pub. Oriana
Borrowed Time (1983-88). Fl, ob, cl, vln, vc, perc & piano. Duration: 9. Fp: New London Chamber Players / Philip Cashian. University Concert Hall, Cardiff, 9.3.88. Pub. Oriana
String Sextet (1988). 2 vln, 2 va, 2 vc. Duration: 10
Unison (1986). 2 clarinets. Duration: 3 . Fp. Dartington Summer School, 21.8.86
Shifts (1984). Fl. ob. Cl, perc (1 player). Duration: 7. Fp: Ixion cond. Composer. BMIC, London, 9.6.87
INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC (Solo & Duo)
Ecco Mormorar Londe (2013). Duration: 5. Piano solo. Fp. Mark Hutchinson, Late Music Series, York: 7.9.13.
Cairn (2011). Harp (also available in a version for soprano saxophone & cello)
Epithalamion (2011). Piano solo. Duration: 3
Bayvil (2011). Piano solo. Duration: 6. Fp. Ian Pace, Late Music Series, York: 6.8.11
Far down in the forest (2010). Three solo piano pieces for children based on the tales of Hans Christian Andersen. Piano. Duration: 5
Hopton Wafers (2010). Cello. Duration: 3
Lullaby (2009). For organ, keyboard or any two appropriate instruments. Duration: 3
In One Spot (2009). Piano solo. Duration: 4. Fp: David Appleton, London: 3.5.09
There is a hoar frost
(2008). Guitar. Duration: 4. Fp. Michael McCartney, Brecon Cathedral, 31.5.10
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
Ngςmbν Song (1998). Clarinet/piano. Duration: 9. Fp: Verity Fielding & David Appleton. PM concert, Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea: 7.5.98
So soft this morning, ours (1995). Violin/piano. 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
Serenata II (1994). Oboe/piano. Duration: 10. Fp: Nicholas Williams & David Appleton, Regent Hall, London: 7.6.96. Pub. Oriana
Serenata I (1994). Flute/guitar. Duration 9. Fp: Lynne Plowman & Sally Hillier. Norwegian Church Arts Centre, Cardiff Bay, 14.10.94
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
Variations (1993). Cello/piano. Duration: 8. Commissioned by Sound Affairs. Fp: Sharon McKinley & David Appleton. City United Reformed Church, Cardiff, 29.5.93
Dumpe (1990). Viola/piano. Duration: 10. Fp: John Rayson/Gareth Davies. BMIC, London, 5.7.90. Pub. Oriana
Bell Patterns (1988). Solo viola. Duration: 5. Fp: John Rayson. Brighton Festival, 24.5.88
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.
Barnacles (2000). Two-part song for children's voices with piano. Words: Martin Riley. Duration: 3.
A New Year Carol (1997). Two-part song for children's voices with piano. Words: Anon. Duration: 4. Commissioned by Cherry Willingham Comprehensive School, Lincolnshire. Fp: Bishop Grosseteste College Choir. cond. John Banister. St Swithun's Church, Lincoln, 24.10.97
Now Goeth Sun under Wood (1995). Female chorus (SSA). Words: Anon, Medieval. Duration: 1. Fp. Composers of Wales concert, Cardiff: 11.5.08
Turtle Soup (1994). Two-part song for children's voices with piano. Words: Lewis Carroll. Duration: 4. Commissioned by Cherry Willingham Comprehensive School, Lincolnshire. Fp. Lincoln Cathedral, 14.10.95
WORKS FOR VOICE
Three Winter Haiku (2012). Mezzo-soprano & pno. Words: Francesca Kay. Duration: 4.
Pillow Songs (2011). Mezzo-soprano & pno. Words: Sei Shōnagon. Duration: 4. Fp: Shoshana Pavett & Andrew Wilson-Dickson, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff: 28.9.11
Adieu to all Alluring Toys (2011). Baritone & pno. Words: Anon. Duration: 4. Fp: Paul Carey Jones & Ian Ryan, Surrey University, Guilford: 29.2.12. CD: Mereidian Cat. No. CDE 84614. Paul Carey-Jones (baritone) & Ian Ryan (piano)
Only the Stars Remember (2010). Soprano & pno. Words: Maria Garner. Duration: 4. Fp: Gail Pearson & Martin Pacey, St Hughs Festival, Grimsby: 25.9.10
Three Wang Wei Songs (2009). Soprano (unaccompanied). Words: Wang Wei (Chinese, 8th C.). Duration: 3. Fp: Sylvia Strand, Cardiff: 28.11.09
Heartfelt Songs (2004). Soprano, fl, cl, vln, vc & pno. Words: Adey Grummet. Duration: 5. Fp. Adey Grummet & PM Music Ensemble, Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, Cardiff: 16.3.04
Urban Songs (2002). Soprano, fl, cl, vc & pno (Also available for soprano with piano accompaniment). Words: Adey Grummet. Duration: 7. Fp. Adey Grummet & PM Music Ensemble, Late Music Festival, York: 16.3.02.
Near Nicosia, Sicily, July 28, 1943 (1998). Madrigal for soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor, bass. Words: Geoff Dyer. 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
The House of Alcinous (1997). Mezzo-soprano, vc & pno. Words adapted from Homer's Odyssey. 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
WORKS WITH SPOKEN TEXT
The Head of Brass (2010). Narrator & saxophone quartet (sop, alto, ten & bass). Words: Simon Rees. 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