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My work as an arranger and orchestrator encompasses a variety of fields covering television documentary, film, opera, theatre and concert works and cross-genre collaborations with pop, rock, folk, jazz, and dance music artists. These projects have been performed by a variety of world class musicians including globally renowned orchestras such as the Metropole Orkest, Heritage Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. Composers I have worked with include Will Gregory, Jocelyn Pook, Tom Jenkinson, Cian Ciaran, Michael Asante, John Harle, Michael Nyman, Steven Faux and Adrian Utley with projects handled for publishers including Chesters/MusicSales and Faber Music.
I have also worked on a variety of unique and inspiring arranging projects, including hybrid electronic/orchestral arrangements of dance music by the artist Squarepusher with conductor Charles Hazlewood, full symphonic realisations of folk music by The Unthanks, a "grime opera" featuring Eyez, choral arrangements for the likes of Anna Calvi and Goldfrapp, making contributions to five BBC Proms, and working on many other wide ranging orchestral projects featuring the likes of Goldie, Sachal Jazz Ensemble, Labrinth, Mark Lanegan, Boy Blue Entertainment, Nitty Scott, Jarvis Cocker, Sharon Van Etten and Professor Green. In 2015 I was part of the team of arrangers working under Jules Buckley's direction to produce arrangements for the BBC's hugely successful Ibiza Prom, which has since gone on to complete several national arena tours and various international performances including the Hollywood Bowl, and leading to the production of UK number 1 album "Classic House", and it's follow up "Ibiza Classics".
Whether it be a transformational creative new arrangement of a well known piece, an expansive new orchestral accompaniment, or simply the helping hand to guide the realisation of a composers vision, it's my aim to provide the creative and technical orchestration services required to complete a project to the highest standards. Do read on if you want to know more, and most importantly, do get in touch!
“Serengeti” (Music From The Discovery & BBC Television Series) - 2020 (co-orchestrator with Ian Gardiner). Music by Will Gregory, performed by the BBC Concert Orchestra.
“Chilled Classics” - 2019 (arranger “The Cure & The Cause” [Sinead Harnett], “Show Me Love” [Moss Kena], “Born Slippy” [Wiley]. Pete Tong & Her-O. Polydor UMC.
“Jess Gillam At Christmas” - 2019 (arranger “Auld Lang Syne”). Jess Gillam. Apple Music exclusive. DECCA.
“Rise” - 2019 (copying/music prep “RANT!”, “Where Are We Now”, “If”, “Adagio”, “Flow My Tears”, melody transcription “Dark Eyes”). Jess Gillam. DECCA.
“Anna Calvi - Live at Meltdown” - 2017 (arranger “Sing To Me” & “Vespers Movement 5/The Bridge”). Anna Calvi. Domino.
“Rhys a Meinir” - 2017 (orchestrator). Music by Cian Ciaran. Performed by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.
“Ibiza Classics” - 2017 (arranger “Galvanize” [Rejjie Snow], “La Ritournelle” [Will Heard], “One”). Pete Tong with The Heritage Orchestra Conducted By Jules Buckley. Polydor UMC.
“Classic House” - 2016 (arranger “Smokebelch II”). Pete Tong with The Heritage Orchestra Conducted By Jules Buckley. Number 1 in UK Album Chart February 2017. Polydor UMC.
“In a Clear Voice - The Psalms project Volume III” - 2015 (orchestrator & music preparation). Music by Steven Faux. Performed by Bath Philharmonia.
“The Tyburn Tree” - 2014 (copying/music prep, programming). John Harle & Marc Almond. Sospiro Noir.
“Art Music” - 2013 (music prep). John Harle. Sospiro Records.
“Mr Punch” - in development (notation & music preparation) Music by John Harle. Info T.B.C.
“REDD” - 2019 (session musician) Music by Michael 'Mikey J' Asante. Boy Blue Entertainment. Performances at Barbican (London) and Fairfield Halls (Croydon).
“Tree” - 2019 (additional arranging/sample programming-rehearsal use only) Music by Michael 'Mikey J' Asante. Young Vic/Manchester International Festival.
“Outliers” - 2018 (arranger/orchestrator & additional composition) Music by Michael 'Mikey J' Asante. Boy Blue Entertainment. Performance at Barbican (London).
“Arcadia” - 2016 (copying & music preparation) Music by John Harle. Birmingham Royal Ballet. Various performances including UK tour.
“Macbeth” - 2016 (notation and music preparation) Music by Jocelyn Pook. Performed at Shakespeare’s Globe (London).
“King Charles III” - 2014 (notation and music preparation) Music by Jocelyn Pook. Performances in London’s West End, UK tour, and Broadway, and also as a 2017 TV film adaptation.
“Dust” - 2014 (copying & music preparation). Orchestrator Ian Gardiner. Music by Jocelyn Pook. Choreography by Avram Khan. English National Ballet. Various performances including premiere at Barbican, Glastonbury Festival Pyramid stage and UK tour.
"Black Widow" - 2020 Feature Film (Copyist on team, led by Jill Streater, music by Lorne Balfe).
"The Prom" - 2020 Feature Film (Copyist on team, led by Jill Streater, music by Matthew Sklar).
"Antlers" - 2020 Feature Film (Copyist alongside Giles Thornton, music by Javier Navarrete).
"Spy in the Wild 2" - 2020 Documentary Series (Co-orchestrator with Ian Gardiner, music by Will Gregory) Broadcast: BBC One.
"Serengeti" - 2019 Documentary Series (Co-orchestrator with Ian Gardiner, music by Will Gregory) Broadcast: BBC One, Discovery Channel (USA).
"Hurricane" - 2018 Feature Film (Copyist, music by Laura Rossi).
"Summer in the Forest" - 2017 Documentary Film (Orchestrator, music by John Harle).
"Snow Bears" - 2018 Documentary Series (Co-orchestrator with Ian Gardiner, music by Will Gregory) Broadcast: BBC One.
"Rhys a Meinir" - 2017 TV documentary (Orchestrator and as self, music by Cian Ciaran). Broadcast: S4C, BBC Four
"The Ottoman Lieutenant" - 2017 Feature Film (Orchestrator on team led by Alastair King, music by Geoff Zanelli).
"Spy in the Wild" - 2017 Documentary Series (Co-orchestrator with Ian Gardiner, music by Will Gregory) Broadcast: BBC One.
"Earthflight: A 3D Journey" - 2016 Documentary Film (Co-orchestrator with Ian Gardiner, music by Will Gregory).
"Penguins: Spy in the Huddle" - 2013 Documentary Series (Co-orchestrator with Ian Gardiner, music by Will Gregory) Broadcast: BBC One.
"Earthflight" - 2011-12 Documentary Series (Co-orchestrator with Ian Gardiner, music by Will Gregory) Broadcast: BBC One.
UK Number 1 Albums (1 track on "Classic House" by Pete Tong & Heritage Orchestra with Jules Buckley)
UK Top 20 Albums (1 track on "Classic House", 3 tracks on "Ibiza Classics", 3 tracks on "Chilled Classics"
No. of BBC Proms (Ibiza Prom, Scott Walker Prom, Folk Prom, Pioneers of Sound Prom, New York Prom)
Years as a professional arranger/orchestrator (my first big project was performed 31st March 2011).
Years in the music industry! (I started in music publishing)
Number of "dots" (noteheads) in my orchestral arrangement of Squarepusher's "Ufabulum"
Yes I write music too! Short animations, advertising idents, film music projects, and additional music for theatre, concert projects and art installation. I use a Logic Pro based recording studio with ability to record live players or use high quality sample libraries. Published by Perfectly Formed Songs.
Changing it up! Give me a famous song, or a new piece, or an artist to collaborate with, and let me go wild. High quality sample based demos of arrangements are usually available but I also work straight to score! My orchestral arrangements have been performed on many of the world's most prestigious stages.
Helping you to realise your intentions for musical performance through notation. Sometimes this process is VERY creative, realising your intentions from basic sketches, other times its ma process of translation of your very precise intentions with a little bit of problem solving thrown in.
I take a LOT of pride in producing practical, clear but beautiful sheet music. Whether rapid part setting on a tight deadline, or detailed editorial work. I've worked for print music publishers and on film/TV projects so can work to professional standards required by either! I work in both Sibelius and Dorico.
Full printing service for scores and parts prepared to studio sessions or published/concert standards. A3/B4 full scores, A4 parts (1 up or 2 up on A3), taped for studio use, coil bound for concerts/publication. Standby copyist service (with A3 printer) available, with additional costs for porterage/materials.
Sometimes a project needs several pairs of hands to get it done on schedule and to the highest possible quality. I have a host of colleagues who I can call on to help meet the requirements of individual projects. If I am unable to be involved with a project myself I am happy to refer you to someone who can help!
per page rates also available
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Proud member of the UK Musicians Union. Members can access my Musicians Union profile here (must be logged in).
Payments accepted in many foreign currencies - just ask! I have worked for clients in Germany, Netherlands, the USA and Australia. New clients and large projects will be subject to payment of a 50% deposit before commencing work. The final balance will be invoiced upon completion and is payable within 30 days. I understand and will exercise my statutory right to interest and compensation for debt recovery costs under late payment legislation if I am not paid according to agreed credit terms.
"Peter's astonishing arrangements are virtuoso performances in their own right. With the ears of a bat and a prodigiously impressive musical imagination, he is an orchestral prestidigitateur!"
"I've worked with Peter on several projects, including arrangements of iconic tracks such as "Tubular Bells", helping to score my "Mail, Map's & Motion" project for Guitar Orchestra, and also for Portishead as part of our touring preparations for 2013."
"Working with Peter is always a great pleasure, and knowing he’s on board always takes a weight off my mind. His considerable skill, efficiency, good humour and reliability combine to bring my stress levels right down and make a project much more enjoyable."
"Having worked with Peter on a number of projects, I cannot recommend him highly enough. He works in a very intuitive way delivering exactly what is needed, even from the most meagre of briefs. Great ideas and attention to detail."
"It is a massive challenge blending orchestral and electronic sounds live as often the immediate power of the electronic sounds run the risk of overpowering the orchestral ambience and we felt that Peter’s work on this project made it a perfect choice for Cross-linx and for Metropole Orkest. There is so much rhythmic groove stuff in Tom’s [Squarepusher's] writing that Metropole are really in their element embracing that. It was a big big piece of work by Peter."
"Doing Smokebelch [II], I was really proud of that...I think that was one of the best moments."