Peter Ashbourne

Peter Ashbourne is one of Jamaica’s leading contemporary composers, arrangers and song- writers, as well as an outstanding performer on violin and piano, band leader and record producer, whose achievements in the fields of classical music, jazz, and popular forms have greatly assisted the advancement of ​musical excellence in Jamaica.​

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An experienced composer, arranger, performer and band leader, Ashbourne taught at the ‘Jamaica School of Music’ in its Jazz Department from 1976 – 1979.

Peter Ashbourne was appointed to the position of ‘Senior Music Fellow’ by the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, in January 2013.

Ashbourne has wide-ranging experience in composition for theatre and dance including: the famous ‘8 O’clock Jamaica Time’ reviews; four ‘LTM National Pantomimes‘ (Jamaica’s favourite annual family musical); two commissions for the National Dance Theatre Company; and other productions.  In the fields of Classical Instrumental and Choral Music Peter Ashbourne has been just as prolific, with commissions for orchestra, choir, symphonic wind ensembles and chamber orchestra, as well as numerous shorter works for chamber groups (particularly string quartet, and assorted solo instruments, as well as voice).

In the arena of popular music, Ashbourne has composed, arranged and/or produced numerous notable songs and albums including: ‘The Winds of Hope’, a 1993 JAMI Award winner for singer Karen Smith; ‘When You Love’, a major local hit for A.J. Brown; ‘If I Lose Your Love’ recorded by Boris Gardiner, Jannette Silvera and Anthony & the Imperials; as well as arranging & producing ‘The Honourable Miss Lou’, a folk album for the legendary Louise Bennett-Coverly.

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Fi Mi Love Have Lion Heart - Five Songs For Soprano and Piano

Composer(s): Peter Ashbourne

Song(s): “Banyan Tree”, “Liza”, “Nobody’s Business”, “Fi Mi Love”, “Long Time Gal”

Voice Type: Soprano

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Peter Ashbourne Recordings

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