Following Dr Christopher Roberts’ departure for a post at the National Centre for Early Music in York, Benslow Music are delighted to announce that Dr Peter Collyer has been appointed to the role of Head of Music and Learning.
Peter Collyer trained at the Royal College of Music, and has followed a dual career as a professional viola player specialising in historical performance and in performance studies in the field of higher education
He has played with some of the leading UK orchestras and ensembles including Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, English Concert, Orchestra Révolutionaire et Romantique, La Serenissima, London Handel Orchestra, English Baroque Soloists, the Academy of Ancient Music and The Dunedin Consort, and he has been involved in many CD recordings.
Additionally Peter has spent much of his career to date in higher education, having held posts of Head of Performance and Early Music Studies at University of Southampton and Head of Music Performance at Oxford University. He has taught at both the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Trinity Laban Conservatoire and was, until latterly, Head of Music and the Performing Arts at Morley College, where he led the biggest expansion in performance activities in its 130 year history. Peter is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Peter Hewitt, CEO of Benslow Music commented “Peter brings to Benslow Music a wealth of valuable experience of music making, including adult education, performance and programming. Peter starts his role at Benslow Music on 15 November and in welcoming him, we look forward to further growth and development of the valuable and popular work of Benslow Music.”
Dr Peter Collyer said “I have always admired Benslow Music, with its wonderful reputation for music making opportunities and outstanding programme of public concerts, and therefore it’s a huge honour to be joining the team at this time. I’m very much looking forward to working with my colleagues here to build on Benslow Music’s long and impressive history, to meet the challenges of the coming years to ensure that an even wider range of people can be inspired by making music at Benslow.”