In 2007 Peter wrote a highly acclaimed large-scale work for the BBC Proms entitled, ‘He is armoured without’ for the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, musicians from Uzbekistan, the Coldstream Guards, 80 other brass players and solo trumpet and trombone (Torbjorn Hultmark and David Purser) in a staged performance. This was shortlisted for the Royal Philharmonic Society large-scale composition prize.
In January 2009 Bow-Wave opened the National Youth Orchestra’s Winter Tour, a new piece that was staged, played from memory, and included improvisation, the first time the NYO had presented such a piece in its main series. In July 2009 his opera ‘The End of the Line’ was premiered at Manchester Piccadilly Railway station by 150 performers from the Royal Northern College of Music.
Further recent commissions include The Great Wheel, Parts 1, 2 and 3 London Sinfonietta and musicians from Uzbekistan, Glasgow/ London (2003), That man's talking nonsense, (Stephen Gutman and Richard Benjafield) London (2003), Brief Encounter, National Opera Studio/ Southbank Sinfonia London (2004), Farewells take place in silence, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Birmingham (2004) the burden'd air, for ‘cello (Matthew Barley) and live electronics, (2006) at St Luke’s, LSO as part of the iF Festival which also saw Peter direct cho cho for Japanese ensemble Tozai, mixing traditional and modern instruments. In May 2007 he opened the Cologne Triennial Festival with a performance of Berio’s ‘Accordo’ for 4 wind orchestras.
From 1996-98 Peter held an appointment as Lecturer in Composition at Royal Holloway, University of London. He became freelance 1998-2003, combining his principal interests of composer, conductor and creative director and was co-Artistic Director (with Colin Riley) of iF festival of new music 2003-2006. Since 2003 he has been Professor, Head of Music Research, at Brunel University.
He was delighted, in 2008, to be appointed ‘Artist-in-Association’ with bcmg. His own ensemble notes inégales includes leading players equally committed to improvisation as playing scored music. In September 09 they presented a series of concerts at the Kings Place Festival in partnership with Sound and Music and a CD of Wiegold’s music for NMC Recordings will be released in Spring 2010. This spring 2010 he is conducting Northern Sinfonia as part of the Newcastle New Music: mini-festival of David Lang's music.
"Yet most invigorating of all... an entirely fresh and truly integrated approach to the mix of East and West" Great Wheel Parts 1, 2, and 3, London Sinfonietta, The Independent
He is armoured without
BBC Proms 2007