Welcome to the website of UK Composer Peter McGarr.
Born in Openshaw, Manchester, studied Music and Dance at Mather College and is self-taught in Composition. For several years he taught steel pan, achieving the Outstanding Performance Award from Music for Youth, for his steel band 'Orchestral Steel'. He has been nominated as Music Teacher of the Year and for the British Composer Awards; also presented with the George Butterworth Award for contemporary music from the Society for the Promotion of New Music.
His music has been performed and commissioned by many leading orchestras, ensembles and choirs, including:
BBC Proms, London Sinfonietta, Joanna MacGregor,
Ensemble Bash, Three Strange Angels, BBC Philharmonic,
Brodsky Quartet, Cappella Nova and the Exmoor Singers of London.
(For a full list of performers see LINKS)
And featured at major festivals including:
Glastonbury, Bath, Huddersfield and Spitalfields.
Faber Music, Phylloscopus Publications, Breakthrough Music.
Peter McGarr designs the artwork for his scores , using photographic collage to illustrate themes in the music.
To view these, enter the GALLERY