Peter Reynolds Composer Studio

We’re looking forward to welcoming the following composers who are taking part in our 2017 Peter Reynolds Composer Studio:

  • Nathan Dearden
  • William Marsey
  • Lucy McPhee
  • David Roche
  • Jordan Hirst
  • Anselm McDonnell
  • Sam Messer
  • Yfat Soul Zisso

They will benefit from an exciting few days of workshops, seminars, one-to-one sessions with visiting composers and attendance at rehearsals and concerts.

In each module there will also be an opportunity for composers to hear a read-through and archival recording of a short work played by ensembles who are taking part in the Festival. These sessions are open to the public.

Works by Nathan Dearden, William Marsey, Lucy McPhee and David Roche can be heard at St. David’s Hall on Monday 22nd May at 2.00pm performed by Grand Band from New York.

Works by Jordan Hirst, Anselm McDonnell, Sam Messer and Yfat Soul Zisso can be heard at Cardiff University School of Music on Friday 26th May at 2.30pm performed by the Marsyas Trio.


The Composer Studio has been named in celebration of our great friend and colleague Peter Reynolds who passed away suddenly at the end of last year. Peter was a highly original composer whose works display a huge depth of knowledge of musical literature. He was not only highly informed but had a unique artistic perspective as well. These qualities, too, were evident in his work as a teacher, a role he discharged with great gentleness and generosity of spirit. He had a long connection with the Vale of Glamorgan Festival and at the time of his death was working on a special commission for the 2017 Festival of a car horn fanfare. We’re proud to honour his life and work by naming the new Composer Studio for him.