Peter Naylor was a lecturer at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama from 1965-71, Music Associate at Scottish Opera for Youth from 1975-80 and Associate Organist at Glasgow Cathedral from 1972-85. Notable works include Tides and Islands (orchestra); Beowolf (wind band); Odysseus Returning (opera in 3 acts), Pied Piper (opera in 1 act), The Mountain People (workshop); Earth was Waiting (cantata), organ and piano music, songs, carols and anthems.
Peter Naylor read English at Cambridge University and studied on a composition scholarship with Herbert Howells at the Royal College of Music, London. He joined the staff of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in 1965 and later, for five years, was with Scottish Opera as Music Associate, Opera for Youth.
He was Organist at the Ashwell Festival in Hertfordshire, 1964-69; Associate Organist of Glasgow Cathedral, 1972-85; and Repetiteur for Shepway Youth Opera, Kent, 1982-85.
The Mountain People (a workshop opera commissioned by Opera for Youth) has toured widely in schools in Scotland and Northern England. Piped Piper, a one-act opera, has been performed in a number of Scottish and English venues including the Theatre Royal, Glasgow. The Selfish Giant, produced by Graham Vick, was performed for short runs in Edinburgh and in Glasgow where it marked the opening of the Mitchell Theatre.