PETE M. WYER is a composer and musician from England. He has created scores for the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Juilliard, the orchestra of Welsh National Opera, The Crossing, BBC Television and the Royal Opera House as well as creating seven operas and music theatre works.
A new large scale work: ‘The Sky Beneath Our Feet’, a choral installation for 72 voices with orchestra, using 72 independent audio speakers is now installed at Descanso Gardens in Los Angeles. It is currently closed due to the pandemic but will open for six months when restrictions are lifted.
Pete was recently a guest of John Schaefer on WNYC’s New Sounds, where he talked about the project (link below):
A film about the decades long evolution of Pete’s immersive music making process can be seen here:
A 24 speaker installation of ‘I Walk Towards Myself’ opens at Manitoga, New York state in July 2020, running until September.
The opera ‘Ga Sho, May You Be Loved’ which uses 24 independent speakers that surround both performers and audience, developed by the American Opera Project (New York) with libretto by Melissa Salmons and Pete M. Wyer, directed by Tenzing Sonam and Matthew Gray, will receive its world premiere at DOX in Prague in the spring of 2021.
His immersive installation The iForest opened at The Wild Center, in the Adirondacks in 2017, receiving 160,000 visitors and being described by Inside Hook Magazine as “Like hiking through Fantasia”. A film about its creation can be found here:
In 2016 Pete was commissioned by WNYC’s New Sounds Live to create Song of the Human as both an installation and concert work which was performed by The Crossing choir with an immersive soundscape at the Winter Garden, Manhattan. An excerpt can be heard in the film below:
The WNYC broadcast can he heard here: New Sounds Live on WNYC.
Pete’s innovative, Manhattan-wide And Death Shall Have No Dominion, a setting of Dylan Thomas for the centenary of his birth in 2014, performed by a synchronised headphone choir distributed across Manhattan, synchronised via a specially created app on smartphones and tablets, can be seen in the film below:
In 2015 he was the composer and Musical Director for the 175th anniversary of Cunard in Liverpool and drew crowds in excess of 60,000:
Pete has received a number of international fellowships and a ‘Best Composer’ award for his orchestral score The Far Shore in 2011 at the Fringe Report Awards. The citation reads:
‘The award celebrates the glorious work of classical composer Pete Wyer across film, ballet, concert and opera including 57 Hours, Numinous City, Listening To The Sky. In particular it celebrates the extraordinary ballet A Far Shore (2010) recorded with the London Symphony Orchestra and originally commissioned for performance by English National Ballet & Shanghai Ballet. The award salutes an artist of outstanding creative and intellectual integrity.’Pete is represented by: Summit Entertainment Group. Jeff Eisenberg, Agent 203.453-0188 firstname.lastname@example.org