Five Portraits of Peter wins the Peter Tranchell Centenary Composition Competition for Organ

2022 is the centenary year of composer, musical director, writer and lecturer Peter Tranchell (1922-1993). The Peter Tranchell Foundation is celebrating the occasion with a whole host of activities, including running a composition competition for organ. Sarah is absolutely thrilled that her entry Five Portraits of Peter has been awarded first place and will be played by Kevin Bowyer at the PAT100 Soirée in Knightsbridge on 26th November, alongside music by Peter himself and a new commission by Cheryl Frances-Hoad. Five Portraits of Peter is made up of five short sections, each making use of the string of notes D# E G E F G F C C# D G E B B (a coded version of ‘PETER TRANCHELL’) and each exploring a different facet of Peter’s life and output: his prize-winning musicianship, his skill as a writer, his role as Director of Gardens at Gonville and Caius College Cambridge, his mentorship of the singers and organists in Caius chapel choir, and finally his gift for comic song.

Page 5 of the score of Five Portraits of Peter, showing the third section: 'Peter the Gardener'
A section of Five Portraits of Peter