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.
Despite the immense challenges of 2020, Pete has two large scale installations that are open to the public:
‘The Sky Beneath Our Feet’, a choral installation for 72 voices with orchestra, played back via 72 independent audio speakers is open at Descanso Gardens in Los Angeles until the end of September. The final movement of the work can be seen here:
The creative process, decades in the making, can be seen here:
The 24 speaker installation ‘I Walk Towards Myself’ is now open at Manitoga, New York state, running until October 12th.
Details for visiting Manitoga can be found here: https://www.visitmanitoga.org/2020-ar-pete-wyer
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 autumn of 2022 (the date has been put back due to the impact of Coronavirus).
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 email@example.com