Peter Wiegold has long been a leading innovator on the British music scene, with a history of looking radically at all aspects of the process of music making. In particular, he has been a pioneer of, and leading exponent of bringing together composition, improvisation and conducting.
He has a distinguished record as a conductor of contemporary music, but also often works as a ‘creative director’ working directly with musicians to make new work. He also often directs purely improvised performances, using his own set of signals.
Peter often directs notes inégales from the keyboard and has provided much of their material from full scores to 'backbone scores' for his William Blake cycle Damn Braces, a recomposition of Miles Davis (Bitches Brew) to fragments of material as the starting point for making pieces live with the ensemble in the recording studio, such as for the forthcoming album 'I cried to dream again'.
Recent works include his highly acclaimed large-scale work for the BBC Proms entitled, ‘He is armoured without’ for the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, which was shortlisted for the Royal Philharmonic Society large-scale composition prize, featuring musicians from Uzbekistan, the Coldstream Guards, 80 other brass players and solo trumpet and trombone from notes inégales Torbjorn Hultmark and David Purser. Also To the shades of the departed, a saxophone concerto for Tim Garland and the Northern Sinfonia, for the Sage International Jazz Festival 2008, Earth and Stars for ensemble xx.jahrhundert, Vienna, (2006) celebrating 250 years since Mozart's birth, and The Great Wheel, London Sinfonietta and musicians from Uzbekistan, Glasgow/ London 2003.
In Spring 2010 he directed the David Lang Festival for the Northern Sinfonia and conducted bcmg concerts [as Associate Artist] at CBSO Birmingham and London’s Barbican Centre, of Bruno Maderna's Serenade for a Satellite alongside works by Luciano Berio, Param Vir, David Lang and Charlotte Bray.
He has been a regular conductor of the Composers' Ensemble (concerts in Dartington, London, Brighton, Bath, Oxford, Darmstadt, Salzburg, Holland and Macedonia) and has also conducted bcmg, the London Sinfonietta, Endymion Ensemble, Northern Sinfonia, Southbank Sinfonia, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Joensuu Orchestra, Symphony Nova Scotia and Orchestra Camarata Labacensis, Slovenia. In May 2007 he opened the Cologne Triennial Festival with a performance of Berio’s ‘Accordo’ for 4 wind orchestras. He was delighted, in 2008, to be appointed ‘Artist-in-Association’ with BCMG.