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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


Peter Webb was born in Melbourne on the 29th of February, 1948. After attending school in Geelong, he completed a BA in Music and Philosophy at the University of Melbourne in 1969, and in 1970 obtained his Secondary Teachers’ Certificate. After 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 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 has been a guest conductor of the Woodville Concert Choir, the Adelaide Harmony Choir, the Corinthian Singers of Adelaide, and the combined choirs of the Country Choral Association, as well as being a member of the Council of the Young Adelaide Voices (formerly the Adelaide Girls Choir) for five years, from 2004 until 2008. In 2008 and 2009, he was Director of the South Australia State Music Camp.

In 1988, Webb was appointed Musical Director of the Bicentennial Closing Ceremony, composing, arranging, and conducting music for a large youth orchestra.

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

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'.

Biography provided by the composer — current to August 2009

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
Digital sheet music sample Sonata for flute and piano : flute with piano (2001) Commissioned by Margaret Crawford.
The Christmas kangaroo : full orchestra (1986) Commissioned by the Burnside Symphony Orchestra, 1985.
The Christmas kangaroo (1986) Commissioned by the Burnside Symphony Orchestra, Dec. 1985