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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!
Metropole Orkest(as arranger - projects: Squarepusher, Mark Lanegan, Colin Benders, ZO! Gospel, Trijntje Oosterhuis, Avond van de Filmmuziek)
BBC Concert Orchestra
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Army of Generals
London Symphony Orchestra (strings)
Aukso Orkiestra Kameralna Miasta Tychy
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
Bath Philharmonia & Camerata
MSU Symphony Orchestra
Beethoven Academy Orchestra
London Mozart Players
RTE National Symphony Orchestra
Essex Youth Orchestra
Mikey Asante/Boy Blue Entertainment
Little Noise Sessions
Mikey Asante/Boy Blue Entertainment
Pete Tong - Ibiza Classics
Pete Tong - Classic House
Anna Calvi - Live at Meltdown
Steven Faux - Psalms Vol. III
Jess Gillam - Rise
John Harle& Marc Almond - Tyburn Tree
"Outliers" - Mikey Asante (Boy Blue Entertainment)- @ Barbican, London
"Antlers" - 2020 Feature Film (Copyist alongside Giles Thornton, music by Javier Navarrete).
"Hurricane" - 2018 Feature Film (Copyist, music by Laura Rossi).
"Summer in the Forest" - 2017 Documentary Film (Orchestrator, music by John Harle).
"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).
"Snow Bears" - 2018 Documentary Series (Co-orchestrator with Ian Gardiner, music by Will Gregory) Broadcast: BBC One.
"Rhys a Meinir" - 2017 TV documentary (Orchestrator, 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.
* As arranger/orchestrator
+ As copyist/engraver
(Some of these credits sit within a grey area between orchestration and copying!)
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 version of Squarepusher's "Ufabulum"
Yes I write music too! Previous commissions have included short animations and advertising idents, film music projects, as well as writing additional music for theatre and concert projects and even an art installation. My interests are pretty eclectic here so feel free to enquire! I operate a Logic Pro based recording studio with facilities to record individual instrumentalists and an extensive range of high quality sample libraries. My publishing interests are represented by Perfectly Formed Songs.
Changing it up! This one is my favourite. Give me a famous song, or a new piece, or an artist to collaborate with, and let me go wild (or don't - give me a brief, that works too). Whether you are asking me to transform the scale of a piece, the instrumentation, the colour or completely rework some tiny excerpy of melody as something that feels very new, I'm more than up for the challenge. High quality sample based demos of arrangements are usually available but I also work straight to score!
Helping you to realise your intentions for musical performance through notation. Perhaps you have a piano piece you want expanding into an orchestral score, or an orchestral demo sketched with samples that needs interpreting and converting into a fully notated orchestral arrangement. 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.
Once all the musical decisions are made, it's time to lay things out on the page in the score and the individual musical parts. I take a LOT of pride in producing practical, clear but beautiful sheet music. I recently discovered one of my ancestors was a "master printer/compositeur" and used to produce concert posters amongst other things back in the Victorian era. So hopefully some of that carried through in the genes? I've worked for print music publishers and on film/TV projects so can work to professional standards required by either!
The manufacturing process. I am proud to offer a full printing service for scores and parts whether prepared to studio session standards or fully bound concert works. A3 full scores, A4 parts (printed 1 up or 2 up on A3), taped for studio use, coil bound with covers for concert use or publication, including colour printing. By prior arrangement I can also provide a "standby copyist" service during studio sessions, with additional costs for porterage of printers and resources as necessary. B4 printing requires lead to time to order specialist stocks.
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. Need an orchestration team? Enquire within. My colleagues have experience in jazz and commercial arranging, film orchestration, copying, and music editing, and I'm very happy to co-ordinate them, work on a team with others, or if am unable to be involved with a project due to diary constraints I am happy to refer you to someone who can help!
per page rates also available
per bar rates also available
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."