Australia Day

26 January 2015

280 days to go

Peter Sullivan

Peter has a successful and colourful background crossing the whole music spectrum. Beginning at the Melbourne Conservatorium where he studied music for six years. He majored in composition earning honours in Double Bass and Composition.

Peter has composed, produced and recorded original motion picture sound track scores for several Australian films including the “Pirate Movie” which he orchestrated, arranged and conducted a 75 piece orchestra. “Humpty Dumpty Man” , “As Time Goes By”, “Breakaway”, “Warm Nights on a Slow Moving Train” and “Nigel”.

He has written arrangements and produced albums for many of Australia’s leading artists including Pseudo Echo, Little River Band, Daryl Somers, Ricky May, Normie Rowe, The Seekers, Colleen Hewitt, Dennis Walter and arranged songs for the Melbourne Symphony orchestra for the “John Farnham Live” album.

As part of “The Two Man Band” with Mike Brady they featured in the Guinness book of records with the highest selling Australian single “Up There Cazaly”.

Peter’s television credits include themes and underscores for “Hinch”, “House Rules”, “The Magistrate”, “Half a World Away”, “Rose Against the Odds”, “Embassy”, ”Chances”, “Law of the land”, “Boys from the Bush”, “Bony”, “Half Way Around the Galaxy and Turn Left”, “The Bob Morrision Show”, “Man From Snowy River”, “The Ted Whitten Special”, “Pigs Breakfast”, “QueenKat, Carmel & St. Jude” and “In Melbourne Tonight”

Peter was commissioned in 1988 to write, arrange and conduct the song for the Australian pavilion at the 1988 Expo in Brisbane. That year he won the 1988 Penguin Award for excellence in music for the song “Fly”. In 1989 he won the Penguin for excellence in music award for “This Man, This Woman” and in 1990 the award for the “Magistrate” mini series starring Franco Nero.

In February 1990, Peter Sullivan received the Advance Australia Award for his outstanding contribution to Australian Music. In 1991 he received the A.P.R.A. Award for “Television Themes of the Year”, for the title song of the television series “Chances”.

Peter received the 2011 Variety Club Children’s Entertainer of the Year Award.