Manchester born composer, Peter McGarr is inspired by the dramatic moorland, urban horizons and changing cultures of the Northern English landscape.

He studied Music and Dance and for several years taught steel pan, achieving the Outstanding Performance Award from Music for Youth for his steel band 'Orchestral Steel'.

His music has been described as a ' kind of poetry of falling rain, wind against stone and skies disrupted by man-made sounds.....a music that contrasts half-etched tunes with subtle layers of light and colour.'

In 2013 -14 he won a British Composer Award for his orchestral piece, 'Dry Stone Walls of Yorkshire'; he has also received the George Butterworth Award for Contemporary Music and 'Music Teacher of the Year Award'.

Performances and commissions feature from many leading performers and festivals including BBC Proms, BBC Philharmonic, Ensemble Bash, London Sinfonietta, Joanna MacGregor, an opera for percussionist Chris Brannick and the Bath, Edinburgh, Huddersfield and Glastonbury festvals.


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Peter McGarr