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History

Pete was fortunate to be born into a musical family. His father was even given an Erard Grand Piano because his former teacher had no room for it. As a boy hearing all sorts of music being played and having such an impressive instrument in the front room of the family home, it was inevitable that Pete would start to learn and he began taking private lessons from the age of six. He progressed quickly and passed several piano exams until, at the age of ten he was recommended to the best piano teacher in the area, Robert Marsh. Pete continued to study his music separately from schoolwork and managed to pass his Grade 8 on piano a few days after his 15th Birthday.

Continuing to the next level, he spent the next couple of years studying privately for the Associate of the London College of Music exam, which he planned to take before entering University. However, these plans were altered when one of his music exams coincided with an A-Level exam meaning that he was unable to complete it.

As well as his formal study of classical music, Pete also spent considerable time learning as many other styles of music as he could, including how to improvise music based on a chord progression or simple melody line. Pete therefore managed to combine the best of both worlds – being able to read music as well as play by listening to records and adapting his own style based on a mix of many different musical forms.

 

"Playing piano in the Shakespeare & Company bookstore in Paris"

 
 
 
 
  Aged 14, a lot of Pete’s favourite music was made by guitar-based bands. He decided to teach himself how to play the instrument. Unlike most people who start to play guitar for the first time on an acoustic, Pete began by playing electric guitar. His knowledge of music theory was very beneficial and he managed to gain good proficiency on the instrument, forming various jamming sessions with friends. After leaving university, Pete formed Cornerstones with his friend Steve in the early 1990s and spent around two years learning and practising songs around the piano and with their guitars. Once they got together with Stuart on drums, regular gigs followed. Cornerstones stopped performing in public in 1996 but returned to be very active again in 2009.
 

Despite not taking any formal musical study since he was 17, Pete has still managed to work on maintaining his ability to play some favourite classical pieces as well as learning new material, which continues to the present day.

Pete has been influenced by so many great music artists covering multiple music genres including those from classical, ragtime, jazz, blues, rock, soul, pop, folk, indie, alternative and so on. The enthusiasm for such a mixture and musical melting pot makes Pete a very versatile player, able to adapt to many different environments. He continually learns new songs that suit the piano / keyboard, whether this is to be performed as a solo or accompaniment to a vocalist in the form of a duo, trio or band.