Born in London, musician and interdisciplinary researcher PETER BANNISTER obtained an Master’s Degree in musicology from King’s College Cambridge, subsequently studying as a French government scholar with Geneviève Ibanez/Michel Beroff (piano) and the composer/organist Naji Hakim in Paris, where he presently resides. His awards at national and international level as a composer and performer include the Prix André Caplet for composition from the Institut de France (1999) as well as prizes at the Chartres and Nuremberg international organ improvisation competitions and three awards at the International Composition Competition in San Sebastian (Spain) in 2007.

His catalogue as a composer includes comprises orchestral, choral, chamber and solo vocal and instrumental music, with performances in Europe (London South Bank Centre, St John's Smith Square, Vale of Glamorgan and Cheltenham Festivals, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Festival J.S. Bach St Donat, Bourges, Chartres, Chichester, Frankfurt, Münster, Oliwa, Trieste, Ulm Cathedrals, Würzburger Bachtage, Ensemblia Festival Mönchengladbach) and North America (Ann Arbor, Boston, Cleveland, Los Angeles, New York) as well as broadcasts on German, Italian and American public radio. In December 2008 Peter Bannister conducted his oratorio Et iterum venturus est with the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, Maîtrise de Paris and the French Army Choir in the closing concert of the centenary Messiaen cycle at the church of La Trinité in Paris. Recent projects have included are Breathe in me for choir and orchestra, which he conducted at the Paris-Bercy stadium (DVD December 2013), an organ concerto in memory of Albert Schweitzer first performed in Stuttgart Cathedral (October 2013). In March 2016 he directed the first performance of his electro-acoustic Stabat Mater commissioned by the Warsaw-based Hashtag Ensemble/Polish Ministry of Culture at the Poznan Musical Spring festival; other current projects include an unaccompanied choral cycle in memory of Greco-Italian composer Marco Sofianopulo (1952-2014), an extended ecumenical Magnificat for soloists, choir and orchestra (Heilbronn, 2017),  and a second oratorio entitled The River of Life. 

As an organist and pianist, he has been invited to give concerto performances (Händel, Beethoven, Chopin, Rachmaninov ...) and recitals in Britain, Austria (Wiener Stephansdom, Klangbogen Wien), Croatia, Denmark, France (Notre-Dame de Paris, Bourges and Chartres Cathedrals, Radio-France, Collège des Bernardins), Germany (Baden-Baden, Bayreuth, Berlin, Bochumer Orgeltage, Erfurt Cathedral, Hannover, Stuttgart, Ulm Münster), Holland, Italy (Arezzo, La Verna, Padova, Ravenna, Trieste, Udine), Poland, Switzerland, the Czech Republic and the USA, as well as working as a continuo player with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.

Peter Bannister holds a Master’s Degree in Systematic and Philosophical Theology from the University of Wales and has given guest presentations on music and theology at St Andrew’s University (Scotland), Cardiff BBC Hoddinott Hall, the Institut Catholique de Paris, Boston University, Southern Methodist University, Calvin and Wheaton Colleges (USA). From 2010 to 2013 he was Associate Artistic Director and Composer-in-Association with SOLI DEO GLORIA Inc., a Chicago-based organization devoted to furthering classical sacred music in the Biblical tradition. His most recent publication is the book No False Prophet: Pope Francis and his not-so-cultured despisers (November 2015). He currently works for the Université Catholique de Lyon.

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Purchase CD/mp3 David Gould/Peter Bannister/Philippe Cuper 'The Forgotten Clarinet'

Articles and essays

Pope Francis, the hermeneutic of conspiracy and the 'Three F's'




Entretien   Article 'Au commencement était le jazz'



Po polsku

Olivier Messiaen - plain old propaganda?

Skeptiko interview with Alex Tsakiris (48 mins)