Faces in the Mist

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This is the first recording dedicated to the choral works of Richard Peat, with a varied collection of sacred and secular pieces written during the last twenty years.

Richard has a highly developed facility in composition and a unique voice. He has successfully submitted works to the John Armitage Memorial’s anonymous annual Call for Music six times, many of which can be heard on this recording. This makes him the most performed composer in over twenty years of the Call for Music.

Richard Peat’s first publicly performed work, Tenebrae, was premièred by the Britten Sinfonia at the Sounds New festival in 1997 while he was still at school. In 2008 Richard studied with Sir Peter Maxwell Davies on the Advanced Composition course at the Dartington International Summer School; he was selected again in 2021 to study with Nico Muhly. His music has been performed all over the world and broadcast on BBC Radio 3. He has received awards from the John Armitage Memorial, Oxford festival of the Arts, the Isolda Composition Foundation, the Arts and Humanities Research Council, London New Wind Festival and Glasgow University. 

Praise for Faces in the Mist...

“‘Recorded in Ely Cathedral, the rich tonal and textural sounds created by two superb choirs, The Chapel Choir of Selwyn College, Cambridge, and the Girl Choristers of Ely Cathedral have a compelling warmth through Sarah MacDonald’s superb direction… Peat’s brilliant choral writing justly deserves an album to itself as he is a tremendous contemporary music communicator.’ – Chimeo.com


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