Richard Peat was one of a handful of composers, selected from across the world, to be awarded a scholarship to study with Sir Peter Maxwell Davies at the Dartington International Summer School in 2008. Studying with Paul Max Edlin and at City University with Rhian Samuel, he received his doctorate in Composition in 2007. His music has been performed by leading artists including the London Sinfonietta, Nicholas Cleobury, Stephen Layton and Martyn Brabbins. Fiery the Angels, commissioned for Giles Underwood and Onyx Brass to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the John Armitage Memorial in 2010, was broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Research interests include the role of composition in education, the music of Latvian composer Pēteris Vasks, the harpsichord in the 20th/21st Century and the representation of children in opera. A recording of his Corpus Christi Carol was recently released by Ely Cathedral Girls’ Choir on their album An Ely Christmas.