Graham Hayter studied music at Exeter University and the Royal College of Music, London. In 1979 he joined the music publishers Peters Edition Ltd as Commissioning Editor for the standard repertoire and Promotion/Production Manager for contemporary music. He became a Director of the company in 1980. Having left Peters Edition in 1999, he established CMPromotions in September 2000.

Throughout the 1980s and 90s Graham was best known for his world-wide promotion of the Peters catalogue of contemporary music: composers such as John Cage, George Crumb, Mauricio Kagel, and Roger Reynolds, and particularly the music of Brian Ferneyhough and James Dillon whose works have gained widespread international recognition during the last 20 years. It was during Grahamís period of responsibility for new music at Peters London that the company signed exclusive contracts with Dillon, in 1982, and Rebecca Saunders in 1997.


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