It is with deep regret that we heard of Peter’s recent death. For almost forty years Peter has been a great friend, supporter and member of Cheltenham Chamber Orchestra. As well as being Principal Flute and performing as a soloist with the orchestra he also took on the role of Orchestral Manager in 1987 until he retired in 2014. In this role he provided for, and deeply touched, not only the life of the orchestra but also enhanced the lives of its players and many emerging conductors and soloists who have subsequently made successful careers in the music profession. His unfailing dedication, enthusiasm and commitment have also made a significant contribution to the music-loving community of Cheltenham who, through Cheltenham Arts Council have recognised his work through three citations in 1993, 2000 and 2014.
Alongside the Chamber Orchestra Peter also played in many other organisations in the area including Cheltenham Symphony Orchestra, of which he was Chairman for ten years, Bel Canto Opera and Classic Wind where he was a founder member.
The musical community of Cheltenham have lost a great friend. The Orchestra and all the other societies who have benefitted from his presence and skill have lost a great champion. We pass on our deepest sympathy to his wife and family and thank them for allowing Peter to share his life with us over so many years.
The photograph from 2015 shows conductor Gavin Sutherland presenting Peter with a watercolour of Peter playing the flute by local artist Robert Goldsmith.