Peter Yarde Martin is a London-based composer and musician.
His composition explores spaces connecting the disparate musical worlds in which he works: experimental and familiar, old and new, sacred and secular. He has written for professional orchestras and schoolchildren, gospel choirs and brass bands, church organs and electronics.
Peter’s music has been played by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, CHROMA, Britten Sinfonia, Contempoart Ensemble, Dr. K Sextet, Cambridge University Chamber Orchestra, Arnold Camerata, at many of London’s major music venues including the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Barbican Centre and Wigmore Hall.
He is the Musical Director at St. Peter’s Church, Notting Hill, and performs regularly with Soul Sanctuary Gospel Choir and Regent Brass as a trumpet and cornet player, keyboardist and singer. Peter also has a passion for music education, teaching brass and piano across London, and as conductor of Barnet Youth Brass Band has worked to raise standards and explore new musical territories.
Peter studied at Pembroke College, Cambridge, and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, graduating with distinction and winning the Mary Ryan Award and Ian Horsborough Memorial Prize. In 2012-13 he was a Leverhulme Young Composer with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, in 2014-15 was resident with the Cambridge University Chamber Orchestra, and took part in the Cheltenham Festival composers’ academy in 2016. His piece The Five Elements won 2nd prize in the Mauricio Kagel Composition Competition 2016, and is published by Universal Edition in the volume K2016.