Randolph Peters – 2012 Major Arts Grant

Winnipeg-born Randolph Peters has been a professional freelance composer for 34 years. He has written operas; symphonies; choral, chamber and dance music; as well as soundtracks for film, television, theatre and radio. Peters has served as Composer-in-Residence for both the Canadian Opera Company and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. He has collaborated with authors such as Robertson Davies, Margaret Atwood, and Salman Rushdie, amongst many others.

Major Arts Grant Project: Musicophilia: Playing with Music and the Brain
Evelyn Glennie (percussion soloist),  Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Bramwell Tovey (conductor)

Peters will be engaged in the musical development and research towards a large work for orchestra  and percussion .  The new orchestral work will explore the stories and ideas from Oliver Sacks’ book Musicophilia – Tales of Music and the Brain and other recent developments in the study of music and neuroscience and create a resulting piece of music that will inspire us to hear music in new and startling ways. Peters intends to investigate the most interesting “conditions” that Oliver Sacks writes about in Musicophilia and turn them into movements of a longer piece.