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Peter Stallworthy studied piano from the age of seven and some six years later was a prize winner in the National Chopin Competition in London. He studied Music at King’s College, London with Thurston Dart and subsequently piano with Ryszard Bakst at the Royal Manchester College of Music, where he was awarded the Ricordi Prize for conducting.
Founder conductor of the Manchester Sinfonia, Peter participated in a number of conducting seminars with Sir Charles Groves, George Hurst and Maurice Handford, who he succeeded as principal conductor of the Wilmslow Symphony Orchestra before moving to London to take up a marketing position with CBS Records, now Sony Classical.
Over the last thirty or so years, he has established a reputation as a versatile conductor of both orchestras and choirs across the North of England. Since moving to Wensleydale he has recently been appointed as Conductor of the Richmondshire Choral Society and of the Swale Singers. He will also appear for the next season as Guest Conductor of the Richmondshire Orchestra. For many years he was Conductor of the Barnby Choir and gave many concerts as Guest Conductor with both Stockport Symphony Orchestra and Wilmslow Symphony Orchestra. He and his wife Hilary formed Cheshire Chorale and Cheshire Sinfonia some twelve years ago and since then performances of both choir and orchestra have received considerable acclaim. Peter looks forward to building on the fine reputation of Richmondshire Choral Society in the years to come.