Nicholas Peters


BA (Hons), MA, PhD, AFNCollM, AFHEA

Nicholas has composed music for a variety of creative projects, including works for theatre, contemporary dance, moving image (including interactive film) and site-specific installation.

His debut album, Axis Mundi, was composed in April 2008 and explores the musical principles of the ubiquitous symbol Axis Mundi within shamanic cultures. Axis Mundi was recorded using a combination of acoustic instruments, along with vocals, synthesizers and quotidian sounds. The instruments and sounds were manipulated through software to create a series of cross-fading, spiritual sound worlds. Axis Mundi was remastered and commercially released in 2019 on the digital streaming services. Click here to listen to the album on Spotify.

Nicholas has composed various works for final year undergraduate students at Coventry University including I don t know why but we felt safer there! based on the November 1940 Coventry Blitz for the engage-in-motion Dance Company (May 2009), as well as a three-hour soundtrack for a performance of Peter Handke's Kaspar (December 2008) for Level Two undergraduate Theatre students. Nicholas has also composed and recorded three original soundtracks for Saint Andrews University's amateur dramatics society: Arthur Miller's The Crucible (November 2007), Shakespeare's As You Like It (May 2008) and Alan Ayckbourn's Mother Figure/Drinking Companion (October 2008). In September 2005 and 2006, Nicholas worked in live television as a Score Reader for the BBC's Last Night of the Proms in Heaton Park, Manchester. He is also a member of the free improvisation/ experimental group Transgression, performing on laptop, didgeridoo and other objects.

Studying under Dr. Christopher Hobbs, Nicholas completed three degrees in Music Composition at Coventry University. In 2008, Nicholas was awarded a BA (Hons) First Class degree in Music Composition and Professional Practice (as well as winning the Stephen Zundell Prize). In 2011, Nicholas was awarded the Master of Arts with Distinction in Music Composition. In February 2019, Nicholas was awarded his Ph.D. without any corrections for a programme of study entitled Golden Sunset, Blue Rain: The Shamanic Journeys. A Practice-Based Investigation into 'Spiritual Musicking' and Its Creative Music-Making Realisations. Nicholas began teaching on the undergraduate music/music technology degree courses at Coventry University in January 2010 and, since then, he has taught on almost forty modules, including fulfilling role as Module Leader and Year Tutor. He is also recognised as an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA).

In October 2020, Nicholas was awarded the diploma of Associate Fellow of the National College of Music and Arts, London (AFNCollM).


Recordings are available on Nicholas Peters' Bandcamp page.

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CCA Composer of the Month – OCTOBER 2014

Nicholas [Nick] Peters is the 21st CCA colleague in our series of Central Composers' Alliance's COMPOSER OF THE MONTH. In these features, you will learn more about each of our composers in turn and...