Peter Graham

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Peter Graham


Peter Graham (b. 1958, Lanarkshire, Scotland), is a British composer.

After his education at the University of Edinburgh, he undertook postgraduate studies with Edward Gregson at Goldsmiths College, University of London. He holds a Ph.D. 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 Kingdom, he has worked regularly as an arranger for BBC Television and Radio and has specialized 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


  • Dowrick, Mick. Peter Graham Talks to Mick Dowrick Winds Magazine.
  • Lopez, John. "Journey to the Centre of the Earth." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 11, Compiled and edited by Richard Miles, 921-928. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2018.
  • Lowe, Frederick. "The Red Machine." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 6, edit. & comp. by Richard Miles, 574-580. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2007.
  • Peter Graham. Wikipedia. Accessed 15 May 2017