Peter Thompson



Peter Thompson was born in Peterborough. He studied composition with Carey Blyton at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. In 1983, his String Quartet no 1 won first prize in the MidNAG national composition competition.

Since that date, his music has been widely performed, often at London’s South Bank and other cultural centres. His music has also been broadcast, notably on Classic FM, and is available on CD from Fand Music Recordings.

In 1995 he was a prizewinner in the Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) International Composers’ Competition, and in 1996 he won the competition.

In 2014 his Cello Sonatina was featured on the Sleeveless Records label by cellist Lionel Handy and pianist Nigel Clayton on their CD, From Bohemia to Wessex. His music is published by FAND MUSIC PRESS 

Selected works include…


Symphony no 1

Symphony no 2

Symphony no 3

Symphony no 4

Symphonietta Doppio

Five Elegiac Fragments

Hampshire Summers

Prelude for Orchestra: “Stress”

Serenade for Orchestra

Capriccio for Violin and Orchestra

Concertino for Cello and Orchestra


String Quartets nos 1–7

String Trio for Two Violins and Cello

Roundels for Violin and Cello

Ballet for Clarinet in B flat, Cello and Piano

Sonatina for Bass Clarinet (or Bassoon) and Cello

Meditation for Soprano, Flute and Harp

Top o’ the Morning for Brass Quintet


Aubade for Flute and Piano

Recorder (or Flute) Sonatina

Suite of Six Pipers for Recorder and Piano

Suite for Oboe and Piano

Ballad for Solo Violin

Calydon Eclogue for Solo Violin

Pastoral for Violin and Piano

Three Ritornels for Violin and Piano

Romance for Viola or Clarinet and Piano

Elegiac Ballad for Solo Cello

In Rutland for Solo Cello

Cello Sonata

Cello Sonatina

Écossaises for Cello and Piano

Sonnet for Solo Guitar

Epithalamium I–III for Organ and Organ Duet


Suites nos 1–10


Bicycle Ride


June Tune

March Hares

May Song

The Renaissance Spirit

Sidlesham Quay

Sketches & Fancies



Three November Poems

Three Pieces


Two Wildflowers


A Red, Red Rose

At the Window


Hope and Fear

The Keys of Heaven (arrangement)

Prayer Against Lightning


The Daisies

Dark Veils



Four Swinburne Pictures

The Green of the Semiquaver

The Lamb

The Oblation

Three Poems by Helen Clarke

Two Henley Poems

Two Robert Southey Poems

When I was One-and-Twenty


Portait by Jennie Slater

United Kingdom