Biography for Australia

Biography for Australia July 2011

Maryborough Music Conference – Queensland

Sounds Great – Melbourne

Peter is one of the UK’s most experienced choral trainers and conductors, having worked with a wide variety of singers and choral groups for over thirty years. He is currently Deputy Head of Berkshire Maestros, an independent music service for the county of Berkshire, UK where he specializes in leading singing projects in schools, and conducting Berkshire Young Voices. He gained his B.A. in Music from Dartington College of Arts, and his teaching qualifications from the University of London and had a long career in secondary education, which included being Head of Performing Arts at a large High School in Oxfordshire, before focusing on choral education.

He is the inspiration behind the VOICEWORKS series of handbooks for singing, published by Oxford University Press, UK, which has helped to transform singing for children and adults and choir leaders in many settings. He is the author or co-author of six of its titles – the latest being published in Spring 2011- and is now the series editor. In 2005 he launched a new collection of arrangements for mixed voice young choirs with fellow English composer Bob Chilcott. He is also a regular workshop leader for Sing Up, the UK’s national singing campaign, and is much in demand as an adjudicator and vocal clinician, both in the UK and overseas, with a great understanding of the techniques and skills required of young singers.

Peter has delivered workshops and keynote addresses in many conferences and gatherings around the world, and in 2004 he attended the ANATS conference in Sydney to lead workshops on the Voiceworks material. He and Jo McNally held a workshop together last year for the Texas Music Educators Association in San Antonio, USA, and are delighted to be back in Australia, sharing the love of singing with fellow teachers and enthusiasts.

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