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Peter Webb : Represented Artist

'In composition, as in life, I strive for clarity and simplicity, and to speak openly and directly. I belong to no compositional school or "-ism", but try to express truth, experience, and self in a language that listeners can understand.'

Random Audio Sample: Five Blake songs : SATB choir with piano by Peter Webb, from the CD Burning bright

Photo of Peter Webb

Artist website: http://www.uso.org.au

Artist website: http://www.choircecilia.net

Peter Webb was born in Melbourne on 29 February 1948. He attended school in Geelong, and completed a BA in Music and Philosophy at the University of Melbourne. After he spent some years teaching in Victorian secondary schools, a career change saw him become a professional oboe and cor anglais player, which led to contract work with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Australian Opera Orchestra, and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, after which he became the Principal Cor Anglais with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, where he played from 1975 until 1995. From 1995 he was involved for some years with the ASO's Education Program.

Peter Webb has been the conductor of the community-based Unley Symphony Orchestra since 1983, and of Choir Cecilia since 1997. He has also conducted and tutored at State Music Camps in South Australia, and was Camp Director from 2008 to 2016. He has been a guest conductor of the Adelaide Harmony Choir, the Corinthian Singers of Adelaide, the Woodville Concert Choir, and the combined choirs of the Country Choral Association, as well as being a member of the Council of the Young Adelaide Voices youth choir for five years, from 2004 until 2008. In 1988, Webb was appointed Musical Director of the Bicentennial Closing Ceremony, composing, arranging, and conducting music for a large youth orchestra.

Peter Webb does regular adjudicating at various South Australian eisteddfods, and is well-known for his lectures on music to the University of the Third Age and other interested groups. He is also a performer on the didjeridu, both in a solo capacity, and as an accompaniment to various choir performances and recordings.

Webb has written works in a wide range of different forms, including solo instrumental and vocal works with piano, chamber music, and choral and orchestral works. His 'Five Blake Songs' for SATB coir and piano, the 'Variations for Piano', the 'Sonata for Clarinet and Piano', and the 'Concerto On the sorrow of war for cor anglais and orchestra' are all available commercially on CD.

In the Queen's Birthday Honours List of 2007, he was awarded an OAM for services to the arts as a musician, conductor, composer, and teacher.

Peter Webb — current to March 2019

Awards & Prizes

Year Award Placing Awarded for
2007 Order of Australia Medal of the Order For service to the arts as a musician, conductor, composer and teacher

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Concerto for cor anglais and orchestra : 'On the sorrow of war' (cor anglais with orchestra) (2012) Commissioned by the Tolmie family and the Goodwood Community Bank
Digital sheet music sample My Country : SATB choir with piano (2009) Commissioned by Choir Cecilia, Mt. Barker, South Australia
Edward the emu (spoken voice with chamber ensemble) (2008) Commissioned by Kaleidoscope Ensemble.
Digital sheet music sample Sonata for flute and piano : flute with piano (2001) Commissioned by Margaret Crawford.
Digital sheet music sample Retrospection : for 8 cellos (1999) Commissioned by Janis Laurs and the cello section of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra
Digital sheet music sample A Twin concerto (string orchestra with multiple soloists) youth orchestra (1996) Commissioned by Neil Williams for Jocelyn and Chloe