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Explore the extensive portfolio of Pete M Wyer. Pete’s long history of performances, projects, and installations performed across the world are listed below.

 

As a composer, musician, storyteller and innovator of immersive sound. Pete 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.

It was a wonderful thing. In Boston in 2022 we brought together soprano, Mary Rose Go who plays ‘Tsering’ in Ga Sho (May You Be Loved) with Ngawang Sangdrol the real life Tibetan nun whose story inspired the work.

Immersive sound installations indoors and outdoors offer a powerful and unique way to engage people with sound. Combining cutting-edge sound technologies and innovation, with social and communitarian values, immersive sound installations offer a completely different way of experiencing sound space.

Projects and performance history by Pete M. Wyer

Awards and Fellowships

Bloedel Artist in Residence Fellowship. October 2023
Yaddo Fellowship. March 2023
MacDowell Fellowship 2018.
Visiting Artist and speaker VCCA, Virginia, 2017.
Sponsorship Harman Corporation. 2016.
Sponsorship Zoom Corporation. 2016.
Sponsorship Rycote UK. 2016.
Visiting Speaker and Artist Arizona State University, April 2015
Blue Mountain Centre Fellowship September 2013
Blue Mountain Centre Fellowship September 2016
Blue Mountain Centre Fellowship May 2019
Bogliasco Fellowship February 2011
Best Composer Award Fringe Report Awards 2011 for ‘The Far Shore’.
“Best Of 2009” BBC Radio 3’s ‘Jazz On 3’ (for Insomnia Poems)
MacDowell Fellowship, 2011.
MacDowell Fellowship, 2009.
MacDowell Fellowship, 2008.
Wesleyan University, USA, 2004 Guest Lecture: post-graduate students.
New York University, 2005 Guest Lecture. Multi-discipline students.
Cyber-Sonica Symposium 2005 Guest speaker. UK Science Museum, London.

Television, Film and Radio

BBC Radio 3/Orchestra of the Swan – April 2014. Hear The Voice of the Bard – a setting of
William Blake specially commissioned for live broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Performed by the
Orchestra and Choir of the Swan.

Bullet TV, New York 2010. Made In England. Feature length documentary. Produced by Bullet TV,
New York.

BBC Television. Roman Mysteries 20 part. BAFTA nominated period children’s drama for BBC Television.

Henson’s International Television. The Wild Ones. 26 half hour episodes.

Mentoring and Education

Teaching – Children. Full time instrumental teacher, Gloucestershire schools, 1992 – 1999.

Teaching – Adults. Adult teaching practice, visiting adults at home, primarily as a guitar
teacher, also for songwriting development, 1997 – 2003.

Mentoring – Adults. I have worked with a range of adults with widely differing abilities and
circumstances to help develop creative strategies to encourage and empower their creative
potential. 1997 – current.

Welsh National Opera Max – 2012-2013. Lohengrin Retold –conceived by Pete M. Wyer and WNO Max, bringing Wagner to students – working with DJs to reinvent and retell the original folk-tale of Lohengrin.

Welsh National Opera Max – 2011. Beware Inanimate Objects Bearing Grudges –
Innovative outreach project conceived by Pete M. Wyer using film and live music. Toured
UK schools.

Lockwood Centre For Learning Disabilities – 2004, 2005. Training staff on a new
recording facility by running workshops and sessions with adult clients with learning
disabilities.

2023
2023

Projects and Performances

Artistic Director of Immersive Messiah – a new initiative creating a fully filmed and recorded version of Handel’s ‘Messiah’ using spatial audio to surround the audience on playback.



Ritual for the Western Red Cedar – A work celebrating the Western Red Cedar at Bloedel Reserve, Bainbridge Island, Seattle. Using 9 solar powered audio devices (by Kulumi) to create ‘virtual processions’ around the trees.


Motets for the Forest – an ongoing series of choral meditations intended to be played back in woodland via multichannel systems, using traditions from western choral singing.


Matins, le Baie de Faviere. Guitar solo written and performed by Pete M. Wyer. Included in the album ‘Laulu’.


Yaddo Artist Fellowship. March 2023.


Bloedel Artist Fellowship. October 2023.


Album release: Laulu, solo classical guitar works.

2022
2022

Projects and Performances

‘Bobby Previte VS. The Speakers’. An improvised spatial audio concerto performed by Bobby Previte with/against a 24 channel speaker system in Rhinebeck, New York with sounds and music by Pete M. Wyer.



‘The Cat’ a 35 minute work for mezzo-soprano and piano in 5 movements. Book, lyrics and music by Pete M. Wyer.



In the Valley of Unending Return. Book of short fictional stories inspired by nature.



Ga Sho workshops with 24 channel system, Rhinebeck. Produced by the American Opera Project. Mary Rose Go, soprano, Laura Virella, mezzo-soprano, Matthew Gray Director.



Setting of ‘The Sunlight on the Garden’ by Louis MacNeice.

2021
2021

Projects and Performances

Spring Street. An opera inspired by the Manhattan street, featuring a cast of three singers.


Premiered Jeeni, to an audience of 60,000. July 24th 2021.


Setting of Charles Algernon Swinburne’s ‘Atalanta’ as ‘Unto Her The Stars’.


Album release: Spring Street.

2020
2020

Projects and Performances

For Love and Only for Love. A spatial audio work for 72 voices in response to the pandemic, installed at New York Botanical Garden December – February 2020/1.

The Sky Beneath Our Feet. A work for 72 voice choir over 72 independent speakers. Installed at Descanso Gardens, Los Angeles. Inspired by the landscape of California Live Oaks, a 55 minute work for 72 voices with orchestra, played back from an array of 72 independent speakers. Using ancient languages that had a close relationship to trees and nature such as early Norse and Aquitanian.

I Walk Towards Myself. A spatial audio work for 72 voices distributed via 24 speakers at the Russell Wright Center, Manitoga. July – October 2020.

Album release: The Sky Beneath Our Feet.

Album release: Cremenville (a studio album featuring songs performed by Pete adapted from the 2006 work for Opera North).

2019
2019

Projects and Performances

Stories from the Woods. Spatial audio. Orchestrated spoken word stories by Pete M Wyer
experienced via 24 independent audio speakers. Stories invite the listener to follow a narrator’s voice through the woods. Wild Center, Tupper Lake. 2019.

A Blackbird Map. In collaboration with London Wildlife. A sound-map of Sydenham Hill wood at
5.00am for National Dawn Chorus Day. Recorded in 9 locations simultaneously to produce a
‘God’s-ear’ perspective of the wood. Made available to the public online.

Insomnia Poems. Album release of collaboration with American poet Steve Dalachinsky to
celebrate 10 years since the first recording for BBC Radio 3 ‘Jazz on 3’.

World premiere of new reworking of Insomnia Poems at Cafe Oto, London, May 3rd. 2019, with Steve Dalachinksy, Evelyne Beech, Chris Cundy, Robert Perry and Pete M. Wyer. Poems by Steve Dalachinsky, Time structured score and found sounds by Pete M. Wyer

2018
2018

Projects and Performances

After Rain. A guitar trio inspired by the sounds of rain. Premiere, December 8th, 2018. The Sage,
Gateshead, UK.

Twilight Chorus for Humans. A spatial audio work for live synchronised choir (via app). The choir
sing transcriptions of birdsong as they move around the grounds, gradually gathering together into a single chorus. Brooklyn Botanic Garden,

Drums Along the Hudson. Adapted version of ‘I Walk Towards Myself’ for Inwood Hill Park, Manhattan.

MacDowell Artist Fellowship. March 2018.

2017
2017

Projects and Performances

I Walk Towards Myself. A work for my ‘iForest’ design. A 72 voice choir
(The Crossing), voices individually recorded and played back via 24 independent speakers in
woodland originally occupied by Mohawks in New York State. Sung in the indigenous Mohawk
language (begun in 2015). Wild Center, New York. Over 150,000 visitors in 2017.

Messums, Wiltshire. Song of the Human. Re-imagined for the 12th century barn in Wiltshire, England.

2016
2016

Projects and Performances

WNYC/Brookfield Place. ‘Song of the Human’. A 40 minute work for choir and found sounds commissioned by New Sounds Live, WNYC. A concert work featuring 16 voices (The Crossing, Philadelphia) individually distributed via 18 independent speakers above, around and below the palm trees of the main atrium at Brookfield Place, Manhattan.

After the concert in Brookfield Place, Manhattan, the 18 speaker installation remained in location for 3 weeks.

Blue Mountain Center Artist Residency.

2015
2015

Projects and Performances

Tete a Tete Opera Festival, London. Gut – an opera for solo baritone with electronics addressing
the issues of mental health via a story of breakdown. With libretto and score by Pete M. Wyer.


Three Graces, Liverpool.
A celebration of the city of Liverpool for the 150th anniversary of the Cunard cruise line. A specially created 25 minute film was projected onto the ‘Three Graces’ Liverpool’s famous dockland buildings, the score included spoken word and found sounds from Liverpool’s history. Approximately 100,000 people attended the three performances.

2014
2014

Projects and Performances

Synchronised Headphone Choir – New York City Wide.
Technology doesn’t need to divide us, it can unite us. At exactly 11.00am, June 21st 2014 using a
specially created app that synchronised all singers to an atomic clock. A choir that was spread
across New York all began singing the same work (a setting of Dylan Thomas’s ‘And Death Shall
Have No Dominion’). Following pre-set routes the singers set off walking as individuals,
gradually meeting more singers, forming a larger and larger choir until they were all united as a
single singing entity at Rockefeller Park, Manhattan. Film of the event can be seen here:
British Council/Make Music New York. And Death Shall Have No Dominion. A New York wide work to celebrate the centenary of Dylan Thomas using a pioneering ‘synchronised headphone choir’. A specially designed app synchronised the smartphones of singers all over New York City, it began playing a backing track at a precise start time and sopranos, altos, tenors and basses began singing simultaneously. They walked 45 minute routes across the city that gradually brought singers together until there was finally a single choir assembled in Rockefeller Park, Manhattan.


Hear the Voice of the Bard, BBC Radio 3. A live broadcast on BBC Radio 3 from St. Giles Church, Stratford on Avon. A commissioned setting of ‘Hear the Voice of the Bard’ by William Blake. For choir and orchestra.

2013
2013

Projects and Performances

Tete a Tete Opera Festival. La Belle de la Bete – an opera about colonial Barbados with libretto by
Clarke Melville for eight singers, piano and sound design.

Utowana. Twenty minute work for orchestra and electronics inspired by the artist fellowship at Blue Mountain Centre in 2013 in the Adirondack lakes of North America

Fellowship: Blue Mountain Center.

2012
2012

Projects and Performances

Welsh National Opera Orchestra. Sheherezade Interspersed – a setting of poetry by Rhian
Edwards for reciter and orchestra, performed by the orchestra of Welsh National Opera at St.
David’s Hall, Cardiff. The work was performed between movements of Rimsky-Korsakov’s Sheherezade.


Olympic Ceremony, Coventry. Out Of The Flame. The closing song for Olympic Torch ceremony, Coventry. With Jumoke Fasola alto, backing singers and the Orchestra of the Swan. Performed to approx 20,000 people.


Welsh National Opera Orchestra. Sheherezade Interspersed – a setting of poetry by Rhian Edwards for reciter and orchestra, performed by the orchestra of Welsh National Opera at St. David’s Hall, Cardiff. The work was performed between movements of Rimsky-Korsakov’s Sheherezade.


Olympic Ceremony, Coventry. Out Of The Flame. The closing song for Olympic Torch ceremony, Coventry. With Jumoke Fasola alto, backing singers and the Orchestra of the Swan. Performed to approx 20,000 people.

2011
2011

Projects and Performances

Interpretations Series, New York. The Invisible. A one hour song cycle of poems by Charles Simic. World premiere, Roulette, Brooklyn. With Tom Buckner, baritone, Matthew Shipp, piano,
Ralph Samuelson, shakuhachi flute, Kevin Norton, percussion, Pete M. Wyer guitar, synth and found sounds (live). May 2011.

Bogliasco Fellowship. Italy. February 2011.

Best Composer Award, Fringe Report, 2011.

2010
2010

Projects and Performances

Royal Opera House. A spatial audio opera Numinous City’. An opera supported and commissioned by the Royal Opera House, London and later by American Opera Projects, New York.


London Symphony Orchestra/English National Ballet – The Far Shore, Ballet Score, created for Shanghai World Expo.


National Theatre Studio, London. 57 Hours In The House Of Culture – opera – a collaboration
with director Phyllida Lloyd, playwright Bryony Lavery and painter John Keane. Based on the true
events of the Moscow theatre siege of 2002. From 2010 – 2012.


Beijing International Orchestra Festival. Somehow the Miracle – specially created for the festival
which brings together student string players from across Asia.


Four string quartets inspired by Shakespearean sonnets, Orchestra of the Swan, Stratford on Avon.


Miro Dance Theatre. Spooky Action. A one hour dance-film-music collaboration inspired by the
phenomenon of quantum entanglement, with film by Tobin Rothlein and choreography by Amanda
Miller. World premiere: The Kimmel Centre, Philadelphia.

2009
2009

Projects and Performances

BBC Radio 3. Insomnia Poems. A one hour work inspired by the work of the same name by poet
Steve Dalachinsky. Featuring a ‘Time-structured map’ score performed by: Steve Dalachinsky, reader, Pete M Wyer, piano, guitar, field recordings, Mike Cross, electronics, Evelyne Beech, vocalisations, Chris Cundy, reeds, Robert Perry, Bass. Selected for ‘Best of 2009’ by BBC Radio 3’s ‘Jazz on 3’.

Brighton Festival/Tete a Tete Festival. Finkelstein’s Castle – Book, lyrics and music.
Music Theatre work. UK tour Brighton, Edinburgh, Bath and other festivals.

2008
2008

Projects and Performances

Cremenville. An Opera/Music theatre work, with words and music by Pete M. Wyer. A modern retelling of the Oedipus Myth, with a female protagonist. Opera North, Leeds. July 2006.

‘You Must Have This’ an opera on the complications of advertising. Tete a Tete Opera Festival, Hammersmith.

Score for BBC Television’s 10 x 30 minute episodes ‘Roman Mysteries’ with Simon Callow. Scored with Michael J. Cross. Theme by Pete M Wyer.

Album Release: Stories from the City at Night (Thirsty Ear Records)

2007
2007

Projects and Performances

Book, lyrics and music for ‘Johnny’s Midnight Goggles’ a madcap operatic fantasia created for the inaugural Tete a Tete Opera Festival in Hammersmith. The work went on to be toured internationally until 2010.

‘66th and Broadway’ for brass quintet. World Premiere, Bergen, Norway.

2006
2006

Projects and Performances

Residency at Juilliard, New York. Writing and collaborating on Senbazuru. Ballet score commissioned for the centenary of the Juilliard School, New York. A 26-minute work for soprano, alto, tenor and baritone with the Juilliard orchestra. Jessica Lang, choreographer.
2005
2005

Projects and Performances

‘Four Bridges’. Performed simultaneously by the Orchestra of the Swan (Stratford on Avon) in England; Burkhard Finke in Germany; Anand Thakore in Mumbai, India; and Toby Twining in Boston, USA. November 2005.


Juilliard, New York. Chelsea-Chelsea, a work for string quartet and two saxophones with live


electronics – simultaneously live in New York (Jazz at Lincoln Center) and London (606 Club, Chelsea).

2004
2004

Projects and Performances

‘Simultaneity 1 & 2’: Live simultaneous recordings, the first in a circle at locations around the Timer-Warner building both inside and outside in Central Park and a worldwide recording made simultaneously in 22 different locations, played back across a multichannel ‘henge’ of speakers.

‘Two Bridges’, for guitar and found sounds, Nottingham Guitar Festival performed by Abigail James.

‘Adam’s Apple’, UK and US Tour. Battersea Arts Centre Residency. Performance group ‘SharpWire’ (Matthew Sharp and Pete M. Wyer). A theatre piece featuring poetry set to music and original works by Pete M. Wyer.

2003
2003

Projects and Performances

‘An African Elegy’ setting of Ben Okri’s poem performed by Matthew Sharp for Park Lane Group, Purcell Room, ‘May Peace Prevail On Earth’ Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Voices, Barbican, London by Pete M. Wyer



‘Carry-On’. Modern Dance Score Alvin Ailey 2, choreographed by Jessica Lang.

2002
2002

Projects and Performances

‘The Sea of Silence’. Theatre play with featured song and music. Quicksilver Theatre, London

‘Rain at Night’. Script and score by Pete M. Wyer, choreography, Jessica Lang. Juilliard School. Senior year students.

‘No-Bodies Baby’, Emilyn Claid, choreography, University of Surrey.

‘Imbalance’ Phrenic New Ballet, Philadelphia, score by Pete M. Wyer.

2001
2001

Projects and Performances

‘If I Had Known I Was Dreaming’. Purcell Room. London. Setting of Ono no Komachi for soprano and string quartet Japan 2001 Festival.

2000
2000

Projects and Performances

‘Machine for Living’ Corn Exchange, Brighton Festival. Choreographed by Carol Brown and Designed by Esther Rolinson, spatial score (electronics, found sounds, guitars and operatic soprano).


‘Flap’, Queen Elizabeth Hall. Solo dancer, Sarah Warsop, solo guitarist, Abigail James. Music Pete M. Wyer.

1999
1999

Projects and Performances

‘Flap’, Isleworth Festival (with subsequent tour performed by guitarist, Abigail James). Work for solo dancer (Sarah Warsop) and on stage classical guitar (Pete M. Wyer).

Album release: A Bell Ringing in an Empty Sky

1998
1998

Projects and Performances

‘Sospira’ for soprano and classical guitar. Words and music by Pete M. Wyer. Cheltenham International Festival.

‘Songs from a Blazing City’. Twenty five minute work for guitar, violin and cello.

‘America Suite’ Six guitar solos performed and recorded by guitarist Stephen Kenyon.