Pete has been a freelance musician since 1985, based in Stroud from 1990 to 2016, and now living in Agbrigg, Wakefield. Among other activities, he is playing piano for ballet classes at NSCD (Leeds); Musical Director for City Varieties Youth Theatre (Leeds); accordionist with Trio Globo; pianist with Wakefield Big Band; pianist in duos with Richard Ormrod (tenor sax) and Julia Mills (alto sax). He was an unsuccessful candidate for the Labour Party in local elections May 2019, and he is Promoter for Wakefield Jazz (www.wakefieldjazz.org).
Here are a few of the things he’s been up to:
Some previous ensembles
late 80s: Bassa Bassa – Leeds-based radical big band (LP Pandemonium).
late 80s: Feetpackets – Sheffield free-improvising big band (CD Listen: Feetpackets!)
late 80s: Big Sun – “the young lions of Sheffield jazz” (with Dave Blackmore and Sean Randle) (LP Made In Sheffield).
mid-90s: Caravanserai – Leeds-based balkan stomp (CD Shock Horo).
1998-2008 Tango Siempre (CDs Viejo Y Nuevo; Nocturno; Tangled; Tangents (with Gilad Atzmon/Steve Arguelles).
2011-16 Truffleshack (with Misha Law) – accordion/violin duo – tango/balkan/celtic intensity.
2014-16 Will Gregory’s Moog Ensemble – Goldfrapp man’s 10-person synth experience – www.willgregorymoogensemble.co.uk
Some previous projects
1989-91 Community Musician, Southmead Music Project, Bristol.
1991 Making Up Time: Stroud Community Play (Dr Fosters Theatre Co) – composer/MD.
1993 Stamping Ground (words John Fox, Welfare State) – Stroud Community Choir/Guildhall Jazz Workshop Orchestra – composer/MD.
1995 Midnight Feast (words Phil Smith) – Stroud Community Choir/Guildhall Jazz Workshop Orchestra – composer/MD.
1997 Shingle Street (words Phil Smith) – Stroud Community Choir/Guildhall Jazz Workshop Orchestra – composer/MD.
1999 Round The Bend – Dr Fosters Theatre Co – composer/MD.
2000 Quiet Heart – Stroud Community Choir – composer.
2000 Postcards From Out Of The Blue (words Phil Smith) – Wakefield Voices – composer/MD.
2001 Working Out – Dr Fosters Theatre Co – composer/MD.
2002-2004 Community Musician, Tideswell Music Project, Derbyshire.
2009 Sleepwalk On The Severn (words Alice Oswald) – composer/MD.
2009 Marylka And The Prince (words Harriet Banks) – Stroud Primary Schools Singing Festival – composer/MD.
2012 Passing The Flame, Wiltshire Small Schools Music Festival – composer.
2012 Battle For The Winds, Sailing Olympics Opening Festival, Weymouth – composer/MD for Gloucestershire Arts Team.
2010 PG Cert in Jazz Performance (Birmingham Conservatoire)
1998 PGCE Secondary School Music (Bristol Univ)
1985 BA in Politics/History (Sheffield Univ)
Examiner for ABRSM since 1999.