Peter Hope

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Peter Hope (born 2 November 1930)[1] is a British composer and arranger. He is particularly noted for his light music compositions, such as the Ring of Kerry Suite, which won an Ivor Novello award, and for his arrangements, such as "Mexican Hat Dance". He has also written a Recorder Concerto and arranged music for the 2003 Spanish royal wedding, as well as Jessye Norman and José Carreras.[2] He is sometimes credited as William Gardner.



  • Momentum: suite for string orchestra (1959)
  • Scaramouche, ouverture (1967)
  • Four French Dances (1968)
  • Kaleidoscope (1969/70)
  • The Ring of Kerry, suite (1961)
  • Irish Legend, suite (1967)
  • Playful Scherzo (1962/3)
  • Petit Point (1962)
  • Champagne Festival (1981)
  • Speedbird Salutes the Few, march commissioned by British Airways. (1990)
  • Concerto for Trumpet and orchestra (1952)
  • Concertino for Bassoon Strings, Harp and Percussion (2000)
  • Concerto (Birthday Concerto) for Recorder, Strings, Harp and Percussion (2003)

Orchestral arrangements[edit]

  • Three American Sketches
    1. Marching Through Georgia
    2. Black is the Colour of my True Loves Hair
    3. Camptown Races
  • Cantos Canarias
  • Cielito Lindo
  • Cockles and Mussels
  • La Cucaracha
  • Hollywood Concerto (for Rostal and Schaefer) 2 pianos and orchestra
  • The Lark in the Clear Air
  • Majorcan Fantasy
  • Mexican Hat Dance
  • O Waly Waly
  • Waltzes of Offenbach
  • Several Christmas carols

Chamber music[edit]

  • Divertimento for guitar and string trio (2002)
  • Serenade for violin viola and cello (2005)
  • Bramall Hall Dances for recorder and guitar (2003) (alternative versions for recorder and piano, and recorder cello and harpsichord)
  • Four Sketches, for oboe bassoon and piano (2003) (Emerson)
  • Overture to "The Rivals", for recorder, bassoon and harpsichord (or piano) (2004)
  • Sonata for Oboe and Piano (2009)
  • Sonata for Bassoon and Piano (2014)
  • Sonata for Clarinet and Piano (2015)
  • Sonata for Recorder and Piano (2015)

Vocal music[edit]

  • Beaminster – song for low voice and piano (2005)
  • A Herrick Garland, for Countertenor, recorder, cello and harpsichord (2004)
  • Along The Shore, cantata for Soprano, Choir and Orchestra (2005)

Incidental music[edit]

  • "Chips Comic" two series of children's programmes for Channel 4 (with Juliet Lawson)
  • Gala Concert Hall – signature tune for BBC radio programme of the same name
  • Newsroom 1 for the BBC 1 television news (1969 to the early eighties)
  • The Rivals (RADA production, 2004).


  1. ^ "Official website". Retrieved 27 September 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Brian Kay's Light Programme". Retrieved 27 September 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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