Peter Longworth



Described as “dazzlingly-atmospheric” (The Glasgow Herald) and “likeably quirky” (Classical Source), Peter Longworth's music has been performed internationally in countries including the United States, Canada, Japan, Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands, as well as in British venues such as the Royal Festival Hall, the Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Cadogan Hall, the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, St Martin in the Fields and St John's Smith Square.
He has received commissions from ensembles such as the London Mozart Players and the National Youth Orchestras of Scotland, and premieres of his pieces have been given by members of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as by chamber groups including the Carnyx Trio, the Aurea Quartet, Ensemble Ansermet and the New York-based ensemble Face the Music. His music has also been workshopped publicly by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.
Born in 1990, Peter is an alumnus of the London Philharmonic Orchestra's Young Composers Programme (mentored by composer, Magnus Lindberg), the Royal Scottish National Orchestra's Composers Hub, and Psappha Ensemble's Composing for Flute scheme. He studied composition at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Matthew King, and at the Royal College of Music with Mark-Anthony Turnage, supported by a Douglas and Hilda Simmonds Award, a Dewar Arts Award, the Countess of Munster Musical Trust and the RVW Trust. A finalist in the 2014 Keuris Composers Contest and the 2015 Philip Bates Composition Prize, Peter's work often draws on his strong affinity with Italian culture for inspiration.

Future projects include a new commission from the Hebrides Ensemble which will premiere in 2018. 

Professional highlights

Commissioned by the Hebrides Ensemble to compose a new work for their 2018 season.


“Tu scendi dalle stelle” (for trumpet and strings) commissioned and premiered by the London Mozart Players.

(December 2016)


”The Watchmaker“ commissioned and performed by Ensemble Ansermet in Geneva, Switzerland.

(May 2016)


”Jaunt” commissioned and performed by the Aurea Quartet in St John’s Smith Square, London.

(September 2015)


”Ludi” commissioned and premiered by the National Youth Orchestras of Scotland in celebration of Glasgow’s hosting of the 2014 Commonwealth Games.


Research interests

The transcriptions of Ottorino Respighi


  • Royal College of Music

    MMus in Composition

    Sept 2012 - Jul 2014
  • Guildhall School of Music and Drama

    BMus in Classical Composition

    Sept 2008 - Jul 2012