Classical Musician


Peter Gritton

Published by many leading UK publishing houses
Music Educator
Choral Director & 
Orchestral Conductor
Singer & Vocal Coach
Intuitive Accompanist
Workshop leader
Teaching during the day  ~  Performing in the evening  
~  Composing at night !

“A passion for creativity and quality”

“A sense of fun and inspiration”


Peter Gritton is a composer, performer and educator. He writes music to private and public commission, as well as for an array of internationally known publishers. He sings professionally as a countertenor, most recently with Tenebrae and I Fagiolini and directs Celestia Music in the provision of music for weddings, funerals and thanksgivings. After leading the music departments of St Pauls School and James Allen’s Girls’ School (JAGS), he is in now demand as adjudicator and workshop leader, supporting music at grass-root level in schools. Peter uses his creative gifts to light up young people’s imagination and enthusiasm for music and is bringing schools together for music projects, most notably in the Community Music Centre at JAGS in South London.

His thoughts on how Thomas Tallis planned and wrote the magnificent 40-part motet Spem in alium are becoming well known, particularly after a son-et-lumiere performance in the Royal Albert Hall by NYCGB (April 2023), in their 40th anniversary concert, which illuminated his theories. He has created his own user-friendly edition of Spem in alium which uncovers Tallis’s precise attention to proportion.

His music is published by Stainer & Bell, Chester Music (Music Sales), Oxford University Press (OUP), Faber Music, Hal Leonard, BBC Learning and Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM). Peter’s music is available through the Catalogue & Shop page of this website.


Peter was born in 1963 into a family for which music was an everyday norm. At one time there were six pianos in the family home, including a Broadwood pianola with countless piano rolls to choose from, an organ piano (a piano with organ pedals) and a Steinway grand that his grandfather had bought in Hamburg in the 1930s! From the age of 8, Peter received his first formal musical education as a chorister at Salisbury Cathedral under the guidance of Richard Seal. At Salisbury, Peter featured most notably as treble soloist on a vinyl LP recording of Mathias’s An Admonition to Rulers. While he was still a chorister, two of his compositions were performed in the Cathedral. He continued his education at Reigate Grammar School as an academic and music scholar. This was the first music scholarship granted by RGS on its transformation into an independent school in 1977. During his school years, he went on to become principal French Horn of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. Peter gained an Academic Exhibition to read Music at Clare College, Cambridge, where he also sang in the chapel choir as a Choral Scholar. He ran the University Music Club in his final year, after which he became a countertenor Lay Clerk at Christ Church, Oxford. Based in London since 1987, he quickly found himself singing in a number of vocal ensembles, including The Sixteen, Cambridge Singers, I Fagiolini, as well as close harmony group The Light Blues with whom he toured worldwide. He is a professional accompanist and has performed with Ian Partridge, Susan Gritton, Nicholas Clapton and Henry Herford. In 1993, alongside his lively freelance career, he joined the music staff at St Paul’s School in London, going on to lead the music department in 2008. He moved to James Allen’s Girls’ School (JAGS) in 2012 where he was Director of Music for eleven years. Whilst at JAGS, he founded and led the SSLP Music Hub (Southwark Schools Learning Partnership) and also directed the adult musicians of the Choral Society and Community Orchestra. He now leads a successful portfolio career as composer, arranger, performer and educator.

With orchestra Genre Musical forces Premiere/Publisher
Portraits of Peace Cantata Soloists, chorus and orchestra (+/- children’s parts) Wimbledon Community Concerts (1994)
Portraits of Love Cantata Soloists, chorus and orchestra (+/- children’s parts) Wimbledon Community Concerts (1995)
Mary Seacole Musical Cast and Orchestra London (2000), Greenwich showcase (2003)
Jones! Musical Cast and Orchestra Colet Court, London (2005)
Pitch Perfect – A Football Symphony (Symphony No.1) Symphony Solo tenor, chorus and orchestra (+/- children’s parts) BBC – Wembley (2005)
The Great Big Little Symphony (Symphony No.2) Symphony Orchestra (+/- children’s parts) James Allen’s Girls’ School (2016)
The Great Big Orchestra A musical story Orchestra with narrator James Allen’s Girls’ School (2018)
Away in a manger (new tune) Carol Choir (a cappella) (OUP)
A Christmas Prayer Carol Choir and Piano (Faber)
Balulalow Carol Choir and Organ (Stainer & Bell)
In the bleak midwinter Carol Choir and Organ St Paul’s School
God is Truth Carol Choir and Piano (Stainer & Bell)
God be merciful Anthem Choir and Organ Southern Cathedrals Festival
God is gone up Anthem Choir and Organ Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
The Christmas Bells Carol Choir and Organ (Stainer & Bell)
Choral Prayer (Dear Master, in whose life) Anthem Choir and Organ Guards’ Chapel
Run with torches Carol Choir and Organ (OUP)
Piano Time Jazz 1 – Creepy Crawly Miniature Piano (OUP)
Spooky Piano Time – Phantango Miniature Piano (OUP)
Fingerprints – Timewarp Miniature Piano (Faber)
Simply Classics Vol. 1 Arrangements Piano (Faber)
Simply Classics Vol. 2 Arrangements Piano (Faber)
Simply Classics Vol. 3 Arrangements Piano (Faber)
Piano Mix 1, 2 and 3 Arrangements Piano (ABRSM)
Christmas Choral
The Bells (Ding dong merrily and Ding dong ding) Carol Upper voices a cappella James Allen’s Girls’ School
Silent Night Carol Choir a cappella Berlin Radio Choir
Three Caribbean Calypsos (Faber Young Voices) Arrangements SA(B) and Piano (Faber)
Songs from Cats 1 & 2 (Faber Young Voices) Arrangements SA(B) and Piano (Faber)
Songs from Grease (Faber Young Voices) Arrangements SA(B) and Piano (Faber)
Choral anthologies
Follow that Star Christmas Choir a cappella (Chester)
With a little help Secular Choir a cappella (Chester)
Encores for Choirs 1 Secular Choir +/- piano (OUP)
Encores for Choirs 2 Secular Choir +/- piano (OUP)
G & S for Choirs Secular Choir +/- piano (OUP)
In the Mood – Ain’t misbehavin’, Tea for Two, In the mood Secular Choir +/- piano (OUP)
Faber Carol Book – Tsaba tsaba, A Christmas Prayer Christmas Choir and Piano, or Upper Voices and Piano (Faber)