Born Stockport 1930
Music education: Manchester University and R.M.C.M
( My last student work was a Trumpet Concerto which Elgar Howarth played with the University Orchestra and was later broadcast in a performance by William Lang, then principal trumpet with the Halle orchestra, and the BBC Northern Symphony orchestra)
From 1952 to 1954 I worked in the arranging department of Mills Music for Ernest Tomlinson, and since ‘54 I have been a free-lance composer and music arranger.
Through the ‘50’s and 60’s I wrote a considerable number of light orchestral compositions which had regular broadcasts, and in 1968/’69 my “Ring of Kerry” suite won an Ivor Novello award. Although this type of music was out of favour during the ‘70’s and ‘80’s a number of these pieces have been recorded (and broadcast) in the last two or three years (Please see discography).
I also wrote the BBC television news theme used from 1968 to 1980 and other incidental music for radio and television..
As an arranger I have had a long association with the BBC Concert orchestra for whom I have written hundreds of scores, many of which are in regular use by them and other major orchestras. My arranging work has also included recordings for Jose Carreras, Jessye Norman, Dennis O’Neill, Stuart Burrows and scores for Kiri Te Kanawa and many other distinguished singers. Beyond the UK I have written for television, radio, and recordings in Holland, Germany, Spain and the USA I have also done orchestration work for film music composers, including James Horner, John Williams, and Larry Rosenthal. Recent arranging work has included a 10 minute tribute (played by the Orquesta Sinfonica de Madrid) from the city of Madrid to the Crown Prince of Spain on the occasion of his marriage, (May 2004).The composer was Nacho Cano a famous “rock” composer and performer in Spain.
Other Music Activities. In the ‘60’s and ‘70’s I was on the committee of the Composers’s Guild of Great Britain (which has since merged with the Songwriters Guild into The British Academy of Composers and Songwriters) and during ‘70 to ‘72 I was chairman and later co-chairman.
Since 2000, I have been concentrating on composition although still doing some arranging. More serious than my earlier light music, these pieces are still in a readily accessible idiom. Recent work includes:
Peter Hope C.V 2004/5 page 2
Concertino for Bassoon, Strings, Percussion and Harp (recorded 2001)
Bramall Hall Dances for Recorder and Guitar (recorded 2002)
( a revised version for Recorder, Harpsichord, and Cello recorded June 2004)
Divertimento for Guitar and String Trio
( to be recorded 2005)
Four Sketches for Oboe, Bassoon and Piano
(invited for the British Double Reed Society convention 2002)
“A Herrick Garland” a group of 5 songs to words by Robert Herrick Recorded by James Bowman June 2004
A Birthday Concertino (for Recorder, Harp, Percussion and Strings)
“Along the Shore” a 20’ work for the Dorchester Choral Societies to be performed in May 2006.