Peta Crompton


Born 1942 Harrow, England.
Educated Royal College of Music 1959-62
ARCM (Piano Teaching) 1960
ARCM (Cello Teaching) 1961

Teaching posts

1963-64 Northumberland Education Committee: peripatetic cello and double bass tutor.
1964-67 Kent (then Rural) Music School: peripatetic cello and piano tutor.
1966-73 St Christopher’s School, London NW3: cello and piano teacher, conductor of orchestra and director of chamber groups.
1971-72 Hendon College of Technology, London NW4: cello and chamber music tutor, adult evening classes.
1973-80 Private teaching at home while bringing up small children.
1980-82 Kings College School Cambridge and Berkhamsted School for Girls: cello teacher.
1984-c.86 Newlands and Micklefield schools, Seaford, Sussex: cello and piano teacher.
1986-2001 Private teaching, specialising in the problems of older adult pupils.

Other musical activities

Member of SPNM since 1968.
Librarian of Musicians of All Saints, Lewes.
Member of Constanza Piano Quartet.
Member of New Music Brighton since its foundation in 1994.
Occasional private composition student of Jeremy Dale Roberts between 1965-90.


1968 Sextet for flute, clarinet and strings. Performed by Morley College Chamber Ensemble and recorded by them at BBC.

1972 Two Songs for mezzo-soprano, violin and piano. First performance 1972, St. Martin-in-the-Fields. Claire Millard, Averil Carmalt, Geoffrey Pratley. Second performance 1973, SPNM concert at Purcell Room. Rosanne Creffield, Marcia Crayford, Harold Lester. (Salve Sancta Parens – motet for SATB choir and two violins, shortlisted by SPNM 1973 but not performed.)

1987 For Icarus for solo violin. Commissioned by Andrew Sherwood. First performance All Saints Lewes 11 March 1988. Several subsequent performances by Andrew Sherwood and Ellie Blackshaw. ‘For Icarus’ has also been used by Trinity College students in graduation recitals.

1990 Short Movements for solo cello. Commissioned by Martin Angell and first performed by him at All Saints Lewes 1990. Second performance May 1994; New Music Brighton concert, Chapel Royal, Brighton. Performer Peter Copley.

1991-92 Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis for women’s voices. Performed in Lewes churches: Women’s World Day of Prayer 1991-93, and choral evensong Southover Parish Church August 1993.

1994-95 Solstice for oboe and strings. Commissioned by the chamber group ‘Notturno’ for Adur Festival and performed at St. Michael’s Church, Lancing, and Newhaven Church.

1995 Changes: six songs for mezzo-soprano, flute and piano. These settings of short poems by the composer were written in response to Michael Finissy’s invitation to New Music Brighton members to contribute to a series of concerts presented by the Centre For Composition and Contemporary Music Research at the Gardner Arts Centre, Sussex University under the title: ‘Music Breaks Free – Issues of Gender and Sexuality’. Performed at Gardner Arts Centre 16 March 1995. Tracey Chadwell, Caroline Collingridge, Peta Crompton.

1995 Party Piece for flute and occasional percussion. Commissioned by Caroline Collingridge. First performed by her at Chapel Royal, Brighton 1995. Scheduled for performance 9th International Congress on Women in Music, Wittgensteinhaus, Vienna, 30th April 1995 by Collingridge at a lecture recital on contemporary English flute music.

1996 Albion Dreams: double bass duet. Commissioned by Duo Basso (Stephen Phillips, Susan Denyer, contrabassi). First performed by them St. Paul’s Church, Brighton, Brighton Festival 1996. Second performance Adur Festival, Lancing College June 1996

1999-2000 Elegy For Three for string orchestra. Commissioned by Musicians of All Saints, Lewes, East Sussex, with funding from South East Arts. First performance Brighton Festival 2000. Second performance Spring 2002, Lewes.

2001 Make Waves for piano. Commissioned by Stephanie Cant and first performed by her at the Brighton Festival, May 2001

2002 Participating composer in Colour Variations, an electro-acoustic group composition project undertaken by New Music Brighton with funding from Southern and South East Arts, culminating in performances at Brighton and Adur Festivals,2002.