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Soloist - Peter Rhodes

Saturday 14 May 2011  7.30
Concert Soloist

Peter Rhodes

Peter Rhodes – piano

Born in Sheffield, Peter was brought up in music.  His paternal grandfather was director of his colliery band and his maternal grandfather a pianist who acted as accompanist to the Irish tenor, Josef Locke.

Peter studied piano with the distinguished pianist Arnall Oscroft and later with James Murray Brown.  After university, he was awarded a postgraduate scholarship to continue his piano studies at the Royal Academy of Music as a pupil of the great Polish pianist Ryszard Bakst.  Since that time Peter has worked variously as a pianist and accompanist, répétiteur, harpsichordist and conductor.  He gives recitals and lectures regularly for many music clubs and societies.  Peter has been heavily involved in opera, and has broadcast on BBC Radio on several occasions including concerts accompanying Dame Kiri te Kanawa, Mary King and Benjamin Luxon.

Whilst working in the field of musical theatre Peter re-scored the music of Bizet for the European Premiere of Carmen Jones.

Peter has a particular interest in the music of Poulenc and last year conducted his own choir in a performance of the Gloria and in 2001 recorded a CD of the composer’s chamber music.

Peter has undertaken a tour as solo pianist of Eastern Germany under the auspices of the British Council performing in Berlin and in the Thomaskirche in Leipzig where J S Bach was organist.  Current projects include concerts in Amsterdam and The Hague playing Schubert and performances of music from the Second Viennese School with Austrian soprano Jacqueline Pischorn.  Peter juggles his performing career around his role as Head of The Performing Arts at The South Downs College.

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