Pete M. Wyer is a British composer who is interested in storytelling and innovation, his works frequently undertake narrative journeys that cover an eclectic range of styles and sounds. He is known for orchestral scores, opera, choral, ballet and jazz works and has written for the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Juilliard Academy, Royal Opera House, English National Ballet and the London Symphony Orchestra, as well as original work for BBC TV and BBC Radio 3.
In 2016 Pete is creating Song of the Human, an installation and concert work to be performed by The Crossing choir from Philadelphia with an immersive soundscape that includes the dawn chorus and which will be broadcast as part of New Sounds Live on WNYC. Speakers will be placed above, around and in the floor of the Winter Garden, Manhattan. The concert premiere is October 12th, 2016, with the installation running until October 23rd.
In 2015 Pete was the composer and Musical Director for the dazzling and historic 175th anniversary of Cunard in Liverpool: Click the image to watch the show:
In 2014 Pete’s innovative, Manhattan-wide And Death Shall Have No Dominion, a setting of Dylan Thomas for the centenary of his birth was performed by a synchronised headphone choir distributed across Manhattan, synchronised via a specially created app on smartphones and tablets. Click the image to see the event live in New York:
His innovative approaches include the creation of Time Structured Mapping, used for works such as Insomnia Poems and Welsh National Opera’s Lohengrin Retold. His immersive installation works include the iForest and New York Sanctus. His seven opera and music theatre works, include Numinous City, originally commissioned by the Royal Opera House ROH2 and Gut for Tete a Tete Opera Festival. Pete received 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.’