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Peter Rudnick

Peter Rudnick

Senior Lecturer in Music
Academic school:
Job title:
Senior Lecturer in Music
Higher qualifications:

BA Hons (1st Class) (University of Wales), MMus (University of Wales), MPhil (University of Wales)



Since graduating from Bangor University and the Royal Academy of Music, Peter has lectured in Higher Education over a period of thirty years. His career includes 11 years at Manchester Metropolitan University as a lecturer in Music and Creative Arts, a post which involved working in interdisciplinary settings combining music with drama, dance, music theatre, creative writing and the visual arts; a further nine years as Head of Music at Brunel University and 12 years at UWL (LCM) teaching musicology, composition & analysis and course leading Music Performance.

He has also lectured at Bangor and the Open University and often gives guest lectures on Film Music. Peter has designed a number of innovative new degree courses in Music and acts as a consultant in this regard. His principal research interests are in composition and the analysis and performance of 20th century music. He also conducts, has been a recorder recitalist, and is a recipient of the Royal Philharmonic Society Prize for Composition.

Research and scholarly output:


Torbjorn Hultmark: Profile of an Innovator (forthcoming publication in The Brass Herald June-July 2016, Cambridge)

MPhil Thesis, 1992: The Music of Witold Lutoslawski with special reference to the works written between 1954 and 1981


Compositions for large orchestra, chamber ensemble and choir. Awarded Royal Philharmonic Society Prize for Composition.

Main works

Nacht for chamber ensemble, 2002.  First performed 8 Jan 2002, Brunel University Arts Centre; Brunel NME, conductor PR.

Byzantium (new work in progress), 2016

Variations on a Theme of Schoenberg (for Large Orchestra), 1997.  First performed May 1991, St Mary's Church, Alsager; Crewe & Alsager College Orchestra, conductor PR.

Scherzo Phantastische (woodwind ensemble), 1990.  First performed June 1990, Meredith Arts Centre, Crewe; Axis NME, conductor, PR.

Trojan Women, 1985 (Wind Ens., Perc. and Electronics) Theatre Music for Euripides' Tragedy.  First performed February 1985 Axis Theatre, Alsager Arts Centre.  Conductor, PR. Perf. Axis NME

Music for Henry Moore (Flute and 3 Perc. Ensembles), 1984. First performed by Axis New Music Ensemble, Dance Studio, Alsager Arts Centre 7.11.84. Theatre Music for the first public performance of the play Narayana and Bhataryan by the Sculptor Henry Moore Com. Leeds City Art Gallery and Henry Moore Foundation.  Performed Leeds City Art Gallery, 4.12.84.  Cond/Perf. PR with Axis NME.

Sinfonia for large Orchestra, 1982.  Performed Exeter University Great hall, 14.3.84. Com. Exeter University.  Exeter University Symphony Orchestra.  Conductor, Peter Rudnick

Fantasy for Oboe and Piano, 1979. First Performed RAM Composers' Concert 31.5.79.  Oboe: Marios Argiros, Piano: Kampadi Okpa.

Variations for Orchestra, 1978. Performed Duke's Hall, Royal Academy of Music, 24.2.79.  RAM Symphony Orchestra.  Conductor, Philip White.

Research-based performance projects

British premiere of Ongilash by Luis Zubillaga. Cond: Peter Rudnick; perf. by LCM Camerata and ECO Ens. at Sluice Artfair, Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf, London, 15th Oct. 2015

Premiere perf. of Ongilash cited in Shrigley, G Things to Come 1968-2015 Sluice Magazine Autumn 2015

New Music (Bryars): Brunel New Music Ensemble, cond. PR, Open House Festival, Howell Theatre, Brunel University 18th & 30th April 2002

Discovering New Music (Weill, Part, Bryars, Fitkin): Brunel New Music Ensemble, cond. PR, Open House Festival, Brunel University April 2001.

Discovering Kurt Weill: Brunel New Music Ensemble, cond. PR, Open House Festival, Brunel University Feb 2000.

Facade (Walton): Brunel New Music Ensemble, cond. PR, Open House Festival, Brunel University May 1999.



Developing Students’ Professional Skills in Music: Project Work in a Public Arena, UWL Teaching and Learning Conference, June 25 2013

Speaker on Managing Collaborative Partnerships: Annual Conferences July 2010-11  UWL

Harnessing our Synergies: Designing BA Honours Creative Music Technology - an Integrated Degree, Second Annual Learning and Teaching Conference, Brunel University, April 16 2002                                                        

Interfaces: Meeting Points between Improvisation and Composition, Body Space and Technology Journal Vol.1 No.2 (July 2001) Brunel University (Joint Publication/Editor)

The Role of Academic Study in the Education of Professional Musicians at HE Level: conference paper given at the RNCM Manchester (April 2001).