Peter Stallworthy was appointed Principal Conductor & Chorus Director from the start of the 2020-21 season in succession to Greg Smith.
Peter 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 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. For many years he was Conductor of the
Barnby Choir in Wilmslow 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. Now based in Wensleydale, Peter is also conductor
of the Richmondshire Choral Society and the Swale Singers.