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Peter Reynolds

Peter Reynolds is currently working on a Arts Council of Wales Creative Wales award. He is currently engaged on a short film based around a deserted chapel at Cippyn near Cardigan in collaboration with the Faculty of Creative Industries at ATRiuM (Course Leader, Bilingual Media Production) at the University of South Wales. An interim version of the film was presented as an installation at ATRiuM on 4 March. He is also writing a piano work for CD to be recorded next July based on sound samples from the above project. Last September he mounted a pilot dawn performance at Partrishow Church in the Welsh Black Mountains of a new 50 minute score.

In May this year two of his works will be performed by the for the soloists of the
National Centre for the Performing Arts, Beijing at this year's Vale of Glamorgan Festival

Last year he also completed a work brass trio in collaboration with Francesca Kay commissioned by Ty Cerdd which will tour around schools later this year.

The Mavron Quartet have record the string quartet, footsteps quiet in the shadows following a run of eight performances between 2012-14.

Beiliheulog was performed four times last year including performances at St Hugh's College Oxford, Fishguard Festival and Partrishow Church.

The Sands of Time wasl be given by Intimate Opera, Indianopolis, on 6 & 7 June (see

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 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 David’s 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.



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. Mary’s 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: Tubalaté, 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

Ecco Mormorar L’onde (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)
Duration: 4’

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

Ngòmbí 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

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 Hugh’s 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

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:

Oriana Publications. 71 Broad Street, Barry. CF62 5AT.
Tel: +44 29 2025 4768 / E-mail:

Sample sound files:
Cello Suite - 1st Movement