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The Peter Tranchell Foundation

photograph of Peter Tranchell

Peter Andrew Tranchell (aka "P.A.T."), 1922-1993, was a composer, Precentor of Gonville and Caius College, and Lecturer in Music at the University of Cambridge.

This website is authored and managed by The Peter Tranchell Foundation, and will be enhanced continually as material becomes available. Our aims are to make Peter Tranchell's music and writings available to a wide audience free or at minimal cost, to provide accurate information about his life and works, both musical and literary, and to maintain the site as a sustainable on-line resource for the future. Find out more about the website and the Peter Tranchell Foundation.

Making PAT's music available is time-consuming work, involving finding and researching the manuscripts, copying/scanning, transcribing into digital notation, proofreading and publishing. We have limited time and resources available, and would welcome contributions of all kinds from anyone who knew PAT or who appreciates his music - find out how to donate. Or if you can contribute scores, recordings, anecdotes, writings, or time and expertise in any area, please contact us here

2024 Peter Tranchell Foundation Composition Prize & Concert

The 2024 Composition Prize is now officially launched, on a theme of 'Tranchell's Lost Songs'. with a deadline for submissions of 14 September 2024. The winning work will feature in a concert on Saturday 9 November 2024 at St. Paul's Knightsbridge, with Mary Bevan, James Gilchrist, Lucy Colquhoun and William Vann, alongside a selection of songs and piano music by Peter Tranchell.


Tranchell's music, composed over a period of almost 60 years, covered many genres, from song cycles to psalms, and from organ sonatas to "detective cantatas". Find out more...


The Tranchell archive is held by Cambridge University Library, and may be searched using their "iDiscover" system. Find out more...

What's new

To find out about the activities of The Peter Tranchell Foundation, and what's been happening on the Peter Tranchell website, check out the site blog, our Facebook group, and out Twitter feed.


Tranchell was a prolific writer of letters, reviews, verse etc. Find out more...

Calendar of performances

We maintain a calendar of performances of Peter Tranchell's music, both sacred and secular, when we know about them. Please do contact us with details of any that come to your attention.