BIOGRAPHY

Peter started to learn piano when he was ten. As a teenager he was introduced to the ukelele and guitar, and he started exploring folk, pop and classical  music.

In 1968 Peter gained an open scholarship to Oxford University to study English Literature. Together with fellow student Gerry Garcia (now a well-known composer and international performer),  they spent many happy hours exploring all kinds of guitar music (when they probably should have been studying). In 1970 they set up the Oxford Guitar Society which is still flourishing today.

After taking his degree Peter gained his qualifications as a school teacher, and in 1973 took up a post as guitarist for Northampton Education Authority . It was here that he realised there was a great need for interesting and accessible pieces for beginners, and set about writing music specifically to meet that need. To make the early lessons more attractive he illustrated the pieces with his characteristic cartoons. These pieces were eventually developed into the immensely popular beginner series "The Guitarist's Way"  by Peter and his friend and fellow guitarist, John Whitworth. The books are distributed worldwide from Holley Music.

Peter continues to compose with the specific aim of encouraging students of all ages. His compositions include several volumes of solos, a series of duet and ensemble pieces and many pieces for guitar orchestra. 

 

Peter continues to teach at schools as well as privately.

Some endorsements:

 

"He is a first-class teacher of great expertise who is always patient and encouraging.

I am very happy to recommend him unreservedly to others." 

                                                                          Director of music, Leicester Grammar School.

 

"His teaching is of a high standard and this is  demonstrated by the progress children make. 

He is calm, encouraging and supportive and this has helped childern of all abilities...."  

                                                                           Headteacher, Bugbrooke Primary school

 

"Children from years 3 to 6 showcase their talents in regular assemblies...

Peter's reputation has resulted in the guitar being the most popular instrument in our school."  

                                                                           Headteacher, Deanshanger Primary school

 

"Schools have benefitted greatly from Peter's knowledge, with primary students flourishing

under his guidance. Colleagues have enjoyed regular INSET sessions given by Peter..."  

                                                                           Head of guitar for Northampton Music Trust.

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