Peter Reynolds is currently working on a Arts Council of Wales Creative Wales award. He is currently engaged on a short film based around a deserted chapel at Cippyn near Cardigan in collaboration with the Faculty of Creative Industries at ATRiuM (Course Leader, Bilingual Media Production) at the University of South Wales. An interim version of the film was presented as an installation at ATRiuM on 4 March.
The Mavron Quartet have record the string quartet, footsteps quiet in the shadows following a run of eight performances between 2012-14.
Beiliheulog was performed four times last year including performances at St Hugh's College Oxford, Fishguard Festival and Partrishow Church.
The Sands of Time wasl be given by Intimate Opera, Indianopolis, on 6 & 7 June (see .www.intimateopera.org/IntimateOpera/).
Peter Reynolds's cantata, Adieu to all alluring toys has just been issued by Meridian on CDE 84614 performed by Paul Carey Jones and Ian Ryan. See
http://www.meridian-records.co.uk/acatalog/CDE84614_Songs_Now.html for more details and to hear an extract
PETER REYNOLDS was born in Cardiff where he studied and now lives and works. During the 1980s he received several bursaries to attend the Dartington Summer School where he attended composition classes by Morton Feldman, Peter Maxwell Davies and Gordon Crosse. He was awarded the Michael Tippett Award for Composition in 1986. His first large-scale commission, a work for chamber orchestra, was completed in 1987 for the Dartington Summer School.
His music has been has been broadcast on Radio 3, BBC Wales and BBC Television and performed in Britain, Europe and the USA at venues and festivals including Bangor New Music Festival, Brighton Festival, Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, Chapter, Cardiff, Cheltenham Town Hall, Dartington International Summer School, Go West Festival, Lincoln Cathedral; Late Music Festival, York, Lower Machen Festival, Monmouth Festival, Purcell Room (Southbank Centre), St David’s Hall, Cardiff, Symphony Hall (Birmingham), Vale of Glamorgan Festival, Wales Millennium Centre, Waterford New Music Week, Ireland, & Welsh Week (Brussels).
In 1993 his opera, The Sands of Time was recognised by the Guinness Book of Records as a world record for the world's shortest opera at 3 minutes and 34 seconds. He joined the academic staff of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff in 1994 and has also been a tutor of composition there since 2002.
In addition to his work as a composer, Peter Reynolds was Artistic Director of both the Cardiff-based PM Music Ensemble and the Lower Machen Festival (1997-2009). He is also a writer on music and published a history of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in 2009.
His music is characterised by stillness, simplicity, an occasional playfulness and a tendency to set unusual and quixotic texts. His music avoids large-scale rhetorical forms and is often fashioned on a small-scale and revised over many years before reaching its final shape.
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