Peter Allwood

Peter Allwood

British conductor with a unique positive energy that enthuses and inspires young and old. Peter read music at Kings College, Cambridge, singing as a choral scholar under the direction of Sir David Willcocks and Sir Philip Ledger. After a year’s study in Durham, where he was conductor of the University Chamber Choir, he became Director of Music first at Leighton Park School in Reading, then Oundle School, Northamptonshire and, from 1985, at Christ’s Hospital in Horsham.

Peter also led the National Youth Music Theatre from 1978 – 2000, composing and directing many shows during that time. His compositions are to be featured in the NYMT’s 40th Anniversary show in the West End in October 2016.

Other compositions include The Dream of the Rood (1993), a sacred music drama commissioned by St Albans Abbey for their Twelfth Century Celebrations, Out of the Mouths of Children (2011) for unaccompanied Double SATB and Children’s Choir, commissioned for the Tagore Festival in Calcutta, and a setting of Psalm 150 commissioned for performance by the Winchester Cathedral Choir in May 2014.

From 2001 to 2011, Peter was Headmaster of Lichfield Cathedral School, where he founded a Girls’ Choir that is now thoroughly integrated into the Cathedral Choral Foundation.

Peter is now a freelance musician and choral consultant. He currently conducts the Portsmouth Festival Choir, the Sandgate Singers and the Chantry Quire, and is an occasional guest conductor with other choirs and orchestras.

He is Chairman Elect of the Friends of Cathedral Music.

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