Peter Graham (born 1958 in Lanarkshire, Scotland), is one of the leading composers for brass band. After his education at the University of Edinburgh, he undertook postgraduate studies with Edward Gregson at Goldsmiths College, University of London. He holds a PhD in composition.
From 1983 until 1986, he resided in New York City where he worked as a freelance composer/arranger and as a publications editor with the South American Music Bureau. Since his return to the United Kingdon. he has worked regularly as an arranger for BBC Television and Radio and has specialised in composition for the British style brass band. Since the publication of Dimensions (1983),he has carved out a niche as an outstanding arranger for brass bands, and a leading figure amongst contemporary band composers. His original compositions, which include The Essence of Time, Montage and Journey to the Center of the Earth, are performed worldwide and have been selected as test-pieces for National Championships in Australia, New Zealand, North America and across Europe.
His music for wind and concert band has been recorded and performed by many of the world’s leading ensembles, including the Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra and the Royal Norwegian Navy Band. Harrison's Dream, commissioned by the United States Air Force Band, Washington D.C., won the 2002 American Bandmasters Association Ostwald Award for composition. Commissioned by BMG/RCA Red Label to arrange and compose an album of xylophone music for virtuoso Evelyn Glennie, the resulting recording was nominated as Best Classical Crossover Album at the 1999 Grammy Awards held in Los Angeles.
Works for Winds
- Academic Festival Fanfare
- Alloway Tales
- Cartoon Music
- Cats Tales
- Cossack Fire Dance
- Cossack Wedding Dance
- Cry of the Celts
- Day of the Dragon
- Elegy (from Harrison's Dream)
- Harrison's Dream
- Hine E Hine
- Intrada (On a Theme by Thomas Tallis)
- Journey to the Centre of the Earth
- Northern Landscapes
- Red Machine, The
- Shine as the Light
- Suite from Call of the Cossacks
- Summon the Dragon
- Swedish Folksong
- Symphony for Wind Orchestra 'Montage'
- Three Jazz Pieces
- Windows of the World
- Dowrick, Mick. Peter Graham Talks to Mick Dowrick Winds Magazine.