Peter Wishart read music at Birmingham University, and went on to finish his education in post-war Paris, studying privately with Nadia Boulanger. A fluent and versatile artist who wrote with equal success for the stage, concert hall and radio, he combined composition, conducting and accompanying with a distinguished academic career as lecturer at the Birmingham School of Music, and at the Guildhall School of Music, before his appointment in 1977 as Professor at Reading University.
He married mezzo-soprano Maureen Lehane and they lived in Great Elm, Somerset. After Peter’s sudden death in 1984, Maureen started a festival, vocal competition and music education trust in his memory. The Great Elm Vocal Awards (now the Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards) started in 1993 and require entrants to sing a song by Handel, a song by Peter Wishart and a third of their own choice. The final has been held in London’s Wigmore Hall since 2006.
Stainer & Bell‘s publication contains 12 songs (first pages shown as example):
Tune for Swans
Henry and Mary
You are a Refuge
My God, Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me?
Quatre Petits Negres Blancs
Additionally, Jackdaws have digital copies of the following titles available (click to view first page):
A Lover’s Lullaby HIGH
A Lover’s Lullaby MED
Bird of Paradise MED
Complaint of a Hen-Pecked HIGH
Feste’s Song HIGH
Merry Go Round HIGH
Merry Go Round MED
Mountebank’s Song HIGH
Two Shakespeare Songs – O Mistress Mine MED
Two Shakespeare Songs – Orpheus MED