Organ Scholar of Westminster College, Oxford, between 1990 and 1993, Peter studied the organ with David Saint at the Birmingham Conservatoire. In 1994, he was appointed Director of Music at St Mary Magdalene Church, Oxford, where, in 1997, he was instrumental in the establishment of a professional eight-voice choir, together with the commissioning of a new organ for the church. He also held professional posts at Westminster College, Oxford (Director of Chapel Music) and at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford (Organist to the Cathedral Singers of Christ Church) and was an accompanist to the Royal School of Church Music’s Southern Cathedral Singers. He has taught on RSCM residential courses based at the cathedrals of Oxford, Durham, Canterbury and York and also at Oakham School.
Peter was co-ordinator of the Royal School of Church Music in Ireland between 2004 and 2011 with responsibility for the development of the RSCM on the island of Ireland, together with the implementation of its programmes of education and training. In addition to his post with the RSCM, he held posts at Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin and was Organist and Director of Music at the Church of St Bartholomew, Clyde Road – now the only parish church in Ireland which maintains a choir of boys and men in addition to a thriving girls’ choir. He was an external examiner for the Royal Irish Academy of Music and remains an examiner for RSCM choral awards.
In addition to maintaining a private teaching practice, he is a tutor for the Lyme Regis Organ School, a tutor for the PipeUp scheme run by the Diocese of Salisbury, Director of Music at Axminster Parish Church, Director of RSCM Voices West, Guest Director to the Axminster and District Choral Society, Axminster Chamber Choir, and Accompanist to Bridport Choral Society.
He is the co-editor of the choral anthology, Weddings for Choirs, published by Oxford University Press, and a contributor to the New Dictionary of National Biography, also for Oxford University Press. As a composer, Peter has been commissioned by choirs in the UK, Ireland and the USA and his music has been performed on the BBC and RTÉ networks.