PUBLICATIONS - Peter R. Birkby


Peter has worked for over 30 years as a musician – performer, composer, arranger, educator and conductor/director. During this period he has been the percussionist with Dame Shirley Bassey, Frankie Lane, Gene Pitney, Michael Crawford, Matthew Herbert, Andre Bocelli and many other artists. He also has years of experience in theatre, radio, television, film and music recording, as a performer and composer/arranger.

His composition and arrangement credits include work for Max Jaffa, the band of the Royal Yacht Britannia, Percussion Unlimited, Legends, Sounding Syncopated, many commissions for school and college groups, film and radio. His music publishing company has a catalogue of over 500 works, mainly for percussion, jazz orchestra and ensembles in education.

Peter has experience of percussion and drum teaching in a range of situations, from one to one to lecture, with students of all abilities including those with special needs. Before the recent period with the University of Huddersfield he worked in schools, colleges and conservatoires including Wakefield Grammar School Foundation, Wakefield and Barnsley Colleges, Bretton Hall College, Leeds College of Music and the Royal Northern College of Music. As well as drums and percussion his specialist subject areas include composition, arranging/orchestration, business and enterprise.

Peter joined the University of Huddersfield as a senior lecturer in music in 2005, he then had the post of Subject Area Leader for the School of Music, Humanities and Media in Barnsley before becoming the Head of Campus at the University Campus Barnsley between 2010 and 2013. He is an active member of music associations and societies and in 2012 he was part of the team that devised the National Occupational Standards for Music - composition and performance.

He is active in the community, as a trustee of the Lamproom Theatre, Chair of the Experience Barnsley Engagement Trust Board as well as involvement with local sports clubs. In 2005 he was awarded a cricket OSCA for his voluntary work and in 2009 received an International Cricket Council centenary medal.

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