About the Research Centre

The Brunel Institute for Contemporary Middle-Eastern Music is both a resource centre, containing a library of scores, manuscripts and recordings, and a comprehensive and up to date database of Middle Eastern composers and musicians, and also a research centre, organising international conferences, performances and academic exchanges.

Peter Wiegold

In 2007 Peter wrote a highly acclaimed large-scale work for the BBC Proms entitled, 'He is armoured without' for the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, musicians from Uzbekistan, the Coldstream Guards, 80 other brass players and solo trumpet and trombone (Torbjorn Hultmark and David Purser) in a staged performance. This was shortlisted for the Royal Philharmonic Society large-scale composition prize.

In January 2009 Bow-Wave opened the National Youth Orchestra's Winter Tour, a new piece that was staged, played from memory, and included improvisation, the first time the NYO had presented such a piece in its main series. In July 2009 an opera. 'The End of the Line' was premiered at Manchester Piccadilly Railway station by 150 performers from the Royal Northern College of Music. This was short-listed for the 2010 British Composers Award.

Other recent works include 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,

Peter has a long-held reputation for integrating collaboration and improvisation in his music. His own ensemble notes inégales includes leading players equally committed to improvisation as playing scores. A new NMC cd featuring notes inégales, 'Earth and Stars' of Peter’s music was released last September on the NMC label. A 2nd cd 'I cried to dream again' will be released later this year.

Other projects include '...brew The Miles Davis Project' at the ICA in 2008 where leading composers where invited to send ‘postcards from Miles Davis’ as a basis for improvisation and 'HOT – an infernal cabaret' with performance poet Murray Lachlan Young.

He has been a regular conductor of the Composers' Ensemble and has also recently 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 an 'Artist-in-Association' with bcmg.

Last spring he directed a David Lang Festival for the Northern Sinfonia.

He is Professor, Head of Music Research at Brunel University.

Oliver Butterworth

Following studies with Manoug Parikian, Jaroslav Pekelský and Viktor Lieberman, Oliver Butterworth joined the English Chamber Orchestra in that orchestra’s heyday, working with Britten, Leppard, Zukerman and Barenboim. He was later appointed leader of the Dartington Ensemble and Piano Trio and their recordings for Hyperion continue to receive international acclaim. Other CDs include the complete violin works by Janáček, with music by Dvořák, Nedbal, Suk, Kubelik, Drdla and Fibich with pianist John Bingham, and music of Frank Denyer with shakuhachi player Yoshikazu Iwamoto.

From 1989 to 2008, Oliver was Professor of Violin at Trinity College of Music, and prior to that, Senior Lecturer at Dartington College of Arts. As well as teaching violin and chamber music, he has conducted and trained many young string orchestras in the UK, South America and the Far East, and from 1990 to 2001 he was Artistic Director of the London Schools Symphony Orchestra. Oliver is Director of Musicstage and Artistic Director of the Al Farabi Concerto series.

Page last updated: Thursday 06 December 2012