Peter Franks studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he was taught by Bernard Brown and Raymond Simmons. He was a national finalist and London area winner in the 1979 Shell-LSO Scholarship Competition and in the following year was awarded a bursary to join the National Centre for Orchestral Studies.
At the age of 22, Peter was appointed to the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and was made Principal Trumpet three years later, in 1984. Peter has had the honour to perform and record with many distinguished conductors, both with the SCO and as guest principal with many other orchestras. As a soloist he has performed the Hummel concerto under the direction of Jukka-Pekka Saraste, the Haydn with Carl Davis, an Edinburgh International Festival performance of the Vivaldi Double Concerto, and in 1990 he gave the Scottish and London premieres of Strathclyde Concerto No 3 for Trumpet and Horn by Peter Maxwell-Davies, followed by the USA premiere in 1991.
Peter is also founder member of SCO Brass, performing at venues throughout Scotland and has a role to play in the development activities of the SCO. James MacMillan’s Adam’s Rib and They saw the stone had been rolled away have been recorded by SCO Brass and released on the BIS label.
Peter holds a trumpet teaching position at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and has a keen interest in arranging for brass and for woodwind ensembles, resulting in several publications.