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: firstname.lastname@example.org; 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.
- If ye would hear the angels sing (carol)
- People, look East (carol)
- Fortunare Nos (anthem)
- Cantantibus Organis (anthem)
- Bread of the world (Communion motet)
- The Peace of God (Psalm 133)
- Lord, I call upon Thee (Psalm 141)
- Virgoan Responses
- Libran Responses
- Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis Tone 4 (fauxbourdons for SATB or men's voices)
- Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in B flat (ATB)
- Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in C (SATB)
- Several Anglican psalm chants, two of which feature on the recordings of Psalms from St Paul's: 102 and 103 (the latter particularly recommended)
Other choral music
- Five Thackeray Ditties (unaccompanied choir)
- No more of THEE and ME (SATBB or ATTBB choir and piano)
- The Joyous Year (for chorus and orchestra) (currently in preparation for publication)
Instrumental and chamber music
- Organ Sonata
- Friendly Grotesques (four hands one piano)
- Sonatina for Flute and Piano
- Sonatina for Piano
- Movements (currently in preparation for publication) for flute, viola, bassoon, harpsichord and piano
- Festive Overture
- Scherzetto (currently in preparation for publication)
- Twice a Kiss (currently in preparation for publication)
Do please let us know through our contact form or by email at email@example.com 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.