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December 11, 2016
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Peter Wiegold at Laurier October 17-19
Peter Wiegold at Laurier October 17-19


Faculty of Music

Noted composer, improviser and educator Peter Wiegold guest-in-residence at Laurier

Oct 6/11

Professor Peter Wiegold is coming to Laurier for public musical/educational events in Waterloo, October 17 to 19.

A faculty member at Brunel University in the U.K, Wiegold is an innovator on the British music scene with a long history of radically exploring the process of making music as a composer, conductor, and player. Often working directly with musicians in the creation of new work, he has become a pioneer in bringing composition and improvisation together, working as a ‘creative director’ to engage with musicians from outside the classical music sphere.

Recently, he collaborated with the English Acoustic Collective, Japanese musicians ‘Tozai’, and with Uzbek musicians who partnered previously with him in his largest work to date, ‘He is armoured without’, which also included the Coldstream Guards, BBC Philharmonic and 100 other brass players. Wiegold has also led the long-term ‘Creative Exchange’ programme with the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group (BCMG), training musicians in improvisation and realisation skills and performing in several different venues.

During his stay in Waterloo, Wiegold will be involved in a number of events open and free to the public:

  • On Monday, October 17 at 8 p.m. in the Maureen Forrester Recital Hall, Wiegold will act as the director of “The Hourglass Ensemble” improvising music to explore themes related to time. A number of faculty members will be involved including Paul Pulford, cello, and Dr. Heather Taves, fortepiano and harpsichord. Jeff Reilly, bass clarinet, will also be involved—the CBC radio producer is a big name on the contemporary music scene whose trio Sanctuary has received international praise for its transcendental performances of a unique form of contemporary music.
  • Earlier that same day, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Aird Building (room A318), Wiegold will conduct a rehearsal workshop with the WLU Symphony Orchestra, working in tandem with Pulford, conductor of the Orchestra.
  • On Tuesday, October 18, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Aird Building (room A431), he conducts a rehearsal with the WLU Choir.
  • On Wednesday, October 19, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in the Maureen Forrester Recital Hall, he participates in a composers’ workshop and open forum.
  • He will also be conducting a workshop for high school teachers on October 18 and one for elementary school teachers the following day.

Wiegold’s visit to Laurier is sponsored by the Laurier Centre for Music in the Community (LcMc) and  the Knowledge Network for the Application of Educational Research Consortium (KNAER)—a professional development project to establish collaborative (professional) learning communities of about four music teachers each which focus on finding ways to engage students in composing or improvising. Currently, 36 teachers teaching music in the school boards of Toronto District, Waterloo Regional District and the Waterloo Catholic District are involved.

Dr. Lee Willingham, Director of LcMc, says, “Dr. Wiegold is a world renowned leader in working with orchestras, combos, and music of all genres in areas of creativity and improvisation. Our faculty and students are enthusiastic about the chance to work with him.”

For more details, please contact Kathryn Ladano (Phone 519-884-0710 x2150/ Email

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