In Aldeburgh c.1985
Peter Paul Nash (b. 1950) grew up in Suffolk and studied music at Cambridge. In 1976 he was awarded a fellowship at the University of Leeds, and in 1983 he was the first Composer-in-Residence at the National Centre for Orchestral Studies, when his principle work was the Études for symphony orchestra (1983-84).
Works since then include two string quartets, the first composed for the Arditti Quartet and performed extensively in Europe and the United States, the second commissioned by the Aldeburgh Festival and premiered by the Brindisi Quartet in 1993. A miniature concerto for piano and wind, A Silent Shower, was composed for the Nash Ensemble and premiered in 1987. In a Walled Garden was composed in 1988 for the soprano Jane Manning and has been performed by a number of ensembles including the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group (with Susan Bickley), and released on CD. Symphony No.1 was commissioned by the BBC for the 1991 Proms and was scheduled for recording in 1996.
An operatic project with Vocem was programmed for performance early in 1996, and Symphony No.2 for the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group followed for the 1996/7 Season. A further Nash Ensemble commission took place in the same year.