2022: the Peter Tranchell Centenary year

Peter Tranchell was born on 14 July 1922, so 2022 is the centenary year of his birth.

The Foundation will soon be announcing a detailed programme of work to mark the Centenary and use it to promote PAT’s music and legacy. This will include initiatives to make all significant compositions available in typeset editions that allow them to be performed, promotion of works most likely to be of interest to performers and listeners, work to promote a Centenary Concert and Reception, and plans to promote recordings of Peter’s music.

We will also be launching a Peter Tranchell Centenary Appeal for funds to support this work. We need £24,000, and we are delighted that two very generous donors have already committed to making a total of £9,000 available to match other donations. All donations from UK taxpayers will be eligible for Gift Aid. So the Foundation will in practice receive £2.50 for every further pound donated.  Details of how to give to the Centenary Appeal will be announced soon, but we would love to hear now from anyone else who might be interested in offering further funds that we can add to the “matching pot” for donations. Our aim is to build this to a total of £12,000 prior to launching the main appeal.  If you are interested, please contact Chris Henshall (email: chris.henshall@peter-tranchell.uk; phone: 07769 931610).

Throughout the year we would love to hear from anyone who is interested in programming music by Peter, in particular if you would like help or advice with choosing works or mounting performances or recordings. This website provides an overview of his musical output with notes that may help you to select pieces that would be suitable in terms of their length and character, the forces required, and the availability of scores. As a starter, we list a few pieces below that we think might be of particular interest in various categories and for which typeset editions are available or close to completion (follow the links to find them). But please do browse the website further – there are so many gems to be found! And if you are already an admirer of Peter's work, please do bring this website and the centenary initiative to the attention of friends and colleagues who might be interested in programming works.

In December 2021 we sent an introductory pack, including several accessible works, to the Directors of Music at a number of Cathedrals, Churches and Chapels - the pack can be downloaded as a single zip file here.

Church music

Other choral music

Instrumental and chamber music

Orchestral music


Do please let us know through our contact form or by email at centenary@peter-tranchell.uk if you are interested in programming a piece. We would be delighted to discuss the suitability of these and many other pieces for your circumstances.  We would also be pleased to discuss if we might be able to help with access to scores and parts for other works. And if you would be interested in recording pieces you perform, we’d be pleased to discuss if we might be able to help with that as well. 

Finally, do please let us know if you do programme or record a piece by Peter Tranchell, so we can include it in our calendar of performances and list of recordings.