Composer in Association
Pete M. Wyer is a leading British composer who is known for his orchestral scores, opera, choral, ballet and jazz works. Pete’s portfolio includes music for the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Juilliard Academy, Royal Opera House, English National Ballet and the London Symphony Orchestra, as well as original work for BBC TV and BBC Radio Three.
His song for the Olympic Torch Ceremony in Coventry, with lyrics by Nick Walker, ’Out Of The Flame’ was performed to an audience of 20,000 on July 1st 2012.
His one hour song cycle of poems by Charles Simic ‘The Invisible’ premiered at Roulette, Brooklyn on May 29th 2012 featuring Tom Buckner, baritone, Matthew Shipp, piano, Ralph Samuelson, shakuhachi, Kevin Norton, percussion with Pete playing classical guitar, synth and electronics.
In 2011 he completed a four week Fellowship in Bogliasco, Italy, awarded by the Liguria Study Centre.
His opera-in-development Numinous City was presented by American Opera Projects and performed at the Rubin Museum, New York in November 2011. http://www.gwarlingo.com/2011/peter-wyer-numinous-city/
In February 2011 he received a ‘Best Composer’ award for his orchestral score The Far Shore, at the Fringe Report awards.
He is the Associate Composer to the Orchestra of the Swan.
Pete is strongly drawn to storytelling and to innovative approaches that enable combinations of improvisation with scored music, electronics, found sounds and site-specific works. This has led to the creation of albums such as Stories From The City At Night for Thirsty Ear Records, operas and operatic works such as Cremenville, Numinous City, Johnny’s Midnight Goggles, 57 Hours In The House Of Culture and many others.
Commissions and Performances
The Four Seasons – 2010 (time-structured score)
Coventry 2012 Olympic Torch Relay – 2012
On 8 June 2012 Orchestra of the Swan joined partnership with Talking Birds to record two new works to celebrate the Olympic flame reaching Coventry.
We recorded a whistle stop 1000 year story of the city, called ‘Phoenix City’ followed by a Torch Song, called ‘Singalong time?’ On Sunday 1 July 2012, the Olympic Torch arrived in Coventry and will climax in a special event that will be a spectacular performance created by London 2012, the Olympic Torch Sponsors and local organisations. Our music composed by Derek Nisbet and Pete Wyer made its debut at the celebration event at Coventry’s Memorial Park.
‘Singalong time?’ by Pete Wyer