Peter Riley MMus BMus

Composer, Arranger & Orchestrator. London, UK.

Peter Riley's work as an arranger encompasses a variety of fields covering television documentary, opera, concert works and cross-genre collaborations with pop, rock, folk, jazz, and dance music artists. Since completing his Masters degree at Goldsmiths in 2011, he has had the opportunity to produce work for orchestras including the Bath Philharmonia, BBC Concert Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Beethoven Academy Orchestra, English National Ballet Philharmonic, Excellent Device, Heritage Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Malmo Symphony Orchestra, Metropole Orkest, MSU Symphony Orchestra, RTE National Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonietta Cracovia, and Southbank Sinfonia; and for composers including Cian Ciaran, Steven Faux, Will Gregory, John Harle, Tom Jenkinson, Jocelyn Pook and Adrian Utley. Other projects include choral arrangements for for Anna Calvi and Goldfrapp; additional material scored for Portishead and Sachal Jazz Ensemble, and symphonic arrangements of music by Goldie, Labrinth, Mark Lanegan, and Professor Green. Specialising in the weird, the wonderful, and the inspirational, he has been a creative force behind a variety of unique projects, including hybrid electronic/orchestral arrangements of dance music by the artist Squarepusher with conductor Charles Hazlewood. In 2015 he was part of the team of arrangers working under Jules Buckley's direction to produce arrangements for the BBC's hugely successful Ibiza Prom.

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Testimonials


"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!"

- Charles Hazlewood (Conductor and Broadcaster)

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"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."

- Adrian Utley (Composer/Portishead)

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"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."

- Jocelyn Pook (Composer)

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"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."

- Jocelyn Pook (Composer)

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"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."

- Ian McNaught (Head of Marketing & Creative, Pearl & Dean)

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The Unthanks with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic

The Unthanks

On 19th March 2016, folk singing sisters The Unthanks will be taking to the stage with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Having worked on a track for their orchestrally enhanced performance on the Pyrmaid Stage, Glastonbury in 2015, I am delighted to have been invited to help their pianist/arranger/producer and all-round musical wizard Adrian McNally to put together the full orchestral arrangements for their performance with the RLPO.

See liverpoolphil.com for more information.

Featured Project

Squarepusher with the Southbank Sinfonia, Sinfonietta Cracovia and Metropole Orkest

Perhaps my most ambitious project to date. In 2013 I had the immense pleasure of getting to orchestrate Tom Jenkinson's (alias Squarepusher) electronic album "Ufabulum" for the Southbank Sinfonia orchestra, under the baton of Charles Hazlewood. This exciting project saw the electronic sound of Squarepusher fused with that of a Classical orchestra, and gave me an opportunity to really collaborate closely with the musicians and come up with some very unusual sounds and textures. The thrilling first performance took place in Fairfield Halls Croydon in June 2013.

For it's second outing, we were delighted to take the project to Krakow, Poland as part of the Sacrum Profanum 2014 festival with Sinfonietta Cracovia, also broadcast on Poland's national radio station Polskie Radio.

In 2015 we were invited to take this project on a four night tour of the Netherlands as part of Cross-Linx festival with the amazing Metropole Orkest, including several previously unheard arrangements, including a sporadic one written in a hotel room just outside of Amsterdam the night before our rehearsal with the orchestra! The transcription of Tom's bass playing was scribbled on hotel note paper...

See squarepusher.net, southbanksinfonia.co.uk, and Squarepusher - The Brass Perspective for more information.

Featured Project

BBC Ibiza Proms with Jules Buckley and The Heritage Orchestra

So pleased to have been asked by conductor/chief arranger Jules Buckley and producer Chris Wheeler to be a part of the arranging team for their "Ibiza Prom", which took some of the most loved dance tracks into the Royal Albert Hall for a rave up. Lots and lots of fun. I'd previously worked with Jules and The Heritage Orchestra on their project with Goldie at the Royal Festival Hall, and worked with them again later in 2015 on a special set for Anna Calvi working with a choir. Always a rewarding gig!

Check out theheritageorchestra.com for more information.

Later in 2016...

Cian Ciaran's "Rhys a Meinir" project with BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Cian Ciaran with Orchestra

(Cian Ciaran and myself at the workshop rehearsal for his "Rhys a Meinir" project with BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Picture courtesy of Lisa Gwilym)

Later this year Cian Ciaran's "Rhys a Meinir" project will have it's debut performance with BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Supported by PRS for music and the Arts Council, Cian's project is inspired by the traditional Welsh folktale "Rhys a Meinir". Many will be familiar with Cian's work as a member of Super Furry Animals, as a solo artist and also as a producer, but this will be his debut symphonic project with a full orchestra. We've already had a test drive with the orchestra (see photo above) and it's sounding great.

See prsformusicfoundation.com for more information.

Projects & Credits (2011-2015) - For latest projects see Facebook link above

• Choir arrangements of several tracks for Anna Calvi's performance at the Queen Elizabeth Hall as part of David Byrne's Meltdown Festival 2015, including a unique version of Anna's track "The Bridge" which includes a section of Rachmaninoff's Nunc Dimiitis from Vespers. Conducted by Jules Buckley with the Heritage Orchestra Choir feauturing members of Synergy Vocals. Chief arranger/producer Chris Wheeler - August 2015

• Part of the orchestration team for the BBC Ibiza Prom, performed by The Heritage Orchestra and conducted by chief arranger Jules Buckley at the Royal Albert Hall. Broadcast on BBC Radio 1 and Radio 3 and on the BBC red button television/iplayer services - August 2015

• Orchestration (supervisor: Alastair King) of Steven Faux's Psalms Project Vol. III with the Bath Philharmonia Orchestra. Recorded at Abbey Road studio and performed live at Bath Abbey - August/September 2015

• Orchestral adaptations of various Classical pieces for the concert "Pumeza: My Life in Song" by opera singer Pumeza and conductor Charles Hazlewood with the Bristol Proms Chamber Orchestra at Bristol Old Vic. Including new orchestral arrangements of music by Faure, Grieg and others. Excerpts broadcast on Classic FM - July 2015

• Co-orchestration (with Ian Gardiner) of Will Gregory and Steven Faux’s score for the new IMAX film version of nature documentary series “Earthflight” by John Downer Productions with the BBC Concert Orchestra. Conducted by Ben Foster - July 2015

• Score preparation for John Harle's It Is Finished composition, premiered at the International Festival of music in Malta and published by Chester Music - July 2015

• Orchestral arrangement of the track "Blue Bleezin' Blind Drunk" by The Unthanks for performance with Charles Hazlewood's orchestra on the Pyramid Stage, Glastonbury. -June 2015

• Early score preparation of lead sheets for the new musical "Dear Miss Landau" by George Porter and David P. Bailey. - May 2015

• Additional orchestration and music preparation on the new concert suite of Jocelyn Pook's Merchant of Venice film score for performance at the ICE, Krakow Film Music Festival with the Beethoven Academy Orchestra and Krakow Philharmonic Choir. Conducted by Christian Schumann - May 2015

• Orchestral arrangements of various tracks by Mark Lanegan for performance with the Metropole Orkest conducted by chief arranger Jules Buckley as part of the touring Cross-Linx festival (along with my existing Squarepusher project conducted by Charles Hazlewood). Venues included the Muziekgebouw Amsterdam, De Doelen Rotterdam, Muziekgebouw Eindhoven and De Oosterpoort Groningen. - February 2015

• Score preparation for collaborative performance with the Sachal Jazz Ensemble and the LSO Strings in association with Sama Arts. Concert at the Barbican, London. - November 2014

• Score preparation for the new concert suite of Steven Faux's Earthflight scores. Performed with the MSU [Montana] Symphony Orchestra. - October 2014

• Wind Octet arrangements of popular music tracks for Malmo Symphony Orchestra, performed at Malmo Koncert Haus as part of Charles Hazlewood's "Close Up" series- October 2014

• Orchestral arrangements of two tracks from Goldie's "Timeless" drum and bass album as part of Heritage Orchestra's project with Goldie for the Southbank's Meltdown Festival 2014 and performed again at the Royal Festival Hall, and outdoors in Bristol in summer 2015 including one track with singer Cleveland Watkiss and saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings. Conducted by chief arranger Jules Buckley. -Summer 2014-2015

• Orchestral arrangements for a full programme of dance music tracks titled "Classic House Orchestra - A Symphonic Trip" for performance with the Philharmonia at Orchestival Festival 2014, conducted by Charles Hazlewood. Concert postponed until further notice -July 2014

• Score preparation of the track "Sad Robot Goes Funny" by Tom Jenkinson from the Music for Robots EP. - July 2014

• Orchestration assistant (lead: Ian Gardiner) on Jocelyn Pook's score for Akram Khan's ballet "Dust" as part of English National Ballet's "Lest We Forget"; premiered at the Barbican with the ENB Orchestra in March 2014 and subsequently performaed on the Pyramid Stage Glastonbury in June 2014 and broadcast on BBC 2 television - March -June 2014

• Early score preparation for Jocelyn Pook's score for Mike Bartlett's "King Charles III" play, which after a successful run in the West End has recently transferred to Broadway - March 2014 onwards

• Score preparation for John Harle & Marc Almond's "Tyburn Tree - Dark London" tour, performed at Barbican (London), Bridgwater Hall (Manchester), Corn Exchange (Cambridge), Brighton Dome, Colston Hall (Bristol). Published by Chester Music - March 2014

• Score preparation for Jocelyn Pook's"Drawing Life", performed at Kings Place, London. Published by Chester Music- February 2014

• Logic Pro editing & programming for John Harle & Marc Almond's "Tyburn Tree - Dark London" album, released on Sospiro Noir label - February 2014

• Score preparation for Will Gregory's"A Living Tree", performed in Bath Abbey - November 2013

• Orchestral arrangements of unfinished sketches of Beethoven's 5th for RTE National Symphony Orchestra, performed at the National Concert Hall Dublin as part of Charles Hazlewood's "Beethoven Close Up", broadcast live on RTE Radio- September 2013

• Assistant orchestrator (lead: Ian Gardiner) on Will Gregory's score for "The Aeneid" radio drama, recorded by BBC Singers for broadcast on BBC Radio 4 - August 2013

• Orchestral arrangements of Squarepusher's "Ufabulum", performed with Squarepusher and the Southbank Sinfonia at Fairfield Halls, Croydon. Performed again in September 2014 with Sinfonietta Cracovia in Łaźnia Nowa Theater, Krakow, and again in February 2014 as part of Cross-Linx festival Netherlands (see also Mark Lanegan project for performance details). -June 2013

• Material preparation and additional keyboard arranging for Portishead live shows including 2013 Glastonbury performance - Spring/Summer 2013

• Transcription, arranging and additional score preparation of Burt Bacharach's "South American Getaway" and Will Gregory's "The Service of Tin Henman" performed by Moog Ensemble, Kings Place, London - May 2013

• Orchestration assistant (lead: Ian Gardiner) on Will Gregory’s score for BBC 1 nature documentary series “Penguin: Spy in the huddle” by John Downer Productions with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales - February 2013

• Orchestration assistant (lead: Ian Gardiner) on Jocelyn Pook’s “Hearing Voices”, with the BBC Concert Orchestra for performance at the Queen Elizabeth Hall Southbank, and live broadcast on BBC Radio 3 - November 2012.

• Arrangements of Arvo Part’s "Berliner Messe" and "Fratres" for Charles Hazlewood's “Army of Generals” Baroque strings with Adrian Utley’s Electric Guitar Orchestra - October 2012.

• Transcription and score preparation for Adrian Utley's "Mail, Maps & Motion" piece for electric guitar orchestra as part of the London 2012 festival and Bristol's See No Evil festival - August 2012.

• Orchestral arrangements of tracks by Professor Green and Labrinth for their 2012 "Orchestra in a Field" performance with the Excellent Device orchestra - June 2012.

• Composing the soundtrack for the audio-play, “Backspace” by Ana Mendes performed at the Peter Robertson Gallery, Alberta, Canada - May 2012.

• Score preparation for Will Gregory’s “Schubert remixed” composition for BBC Radio 3 - March 2012.

• Copyist/engraving (lead: Ian Gardiner) on John Harle's score for BBC 2 documentary series “Lucian Freud: Painted Life” with the Sospiro Ensemble. Later re-produced as a suite for the album "Art Music" on Sospiro Records. - February 2012

• Orchestration assistant (lead: Ian Gardiner) on Will Gregory and Steven Faux's score for BBC 1 nature documentary series “Earthflight” by John Downer Productions with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conducted by Alastair King. -January 2012

• Transcription and additional arranging of vocal parts for choir for Goldfrapp's Mencap Little Noise Session performance - November 2011

• Transcription and arrangement of Mike Oldfield "Tubular Bells" and Terry Riley's "A Rainbow in Curved Air" for performance at Glastonbury Festival, St Georges (Bristol), Queen Elizabeth Hall (London Southbank), The Sage (Gateshead) - June-December 2011

• Orchestration assistant (lead: Ian Gardiner) on Will Gregory's Opera "Piccard In Space", performed at the Queen Elizabeth Hall (London Southbank) and broadcast on BBC Radio 3 - April 2011