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Peter Reynolds lives and works in South Wales. In 1987 he co-founded Ixion new music ensemble and more recently the Cardiff based PM Music Ensemble.
In 1993 his opera The Sands of Time was recognised by the Guinness Book of Records as a world record for the world's shortest opera at 3 minutes and 34 seconds.

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Biographical Notes

Peter Reynolds was born in 1958 and studied in Cardiff. During the 1980s he received several bursaries to attend the Dartington Summer School where he studied with the late Morton Feldman and was awarded the Michael Tippett Award for Composition in 1986.

In 1987 he completed a chamber orchestral commission for the Dartington Summer School and Ixion new music ensemble mounted concerts in London, Brighton and Dartington. PM Music Ensemble was formed in 1990. He is currently the Artistic Director of the Lower Machen Festival in Monmouthshire.


His music has been played by performers including Bingham string Quartet, James Clapperton, Icebreaker, the Guildhall Strings, London Chamber Players, Sterling String Quartet, Sharon McKinley, Charlie Barber + Band, Carlo Rizzi, Lesley Garret and his own PM Music Ensemble.

His music has been broadcast on Radio 3, BBC Wales and BBC Television. In addition he has also published articles in Tempo, Opera Now, Welsh Music and has been a contributor of programme notes to the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Welsh National Opera among others.
Selected Works


photo of rehersals Rehersals 2002

Selected Works

Chamber Music
Instrumental Music
Choral Music
Works for Voices
Stage Works

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