PETER J WILLIAMS - CONDUCTOR

    Peter’s music career began very early on.  Having been born in London, he soon made a mark as at the age of twelve he became the country’s youngest church organist.  By the age of 14 he had formed a local choir and conducted his first choral concert. 

    After leaving school Peter was granted a place at the London College of Music where he studied conducting with Christopher Fry as well as the piano and organ.  After graduating he joined the music teaching profession.

    In 1973 Peter founded and was conductor of the Islington Choral Society, holding that post until 1990. In 1980 he founded Hillingdon Choral Society and five years later, Hillingdon Philharmonic Orchestra. He has continued to conduct them ever since. In addition to these posts he was guest conductor of the Hillingdon Musical Society from 1989 to 1995 and for eight years he was chairman of the Music Sub-Committee of the Hillingdon Arts Association.

    At present Peter has an interesting portfolio that includes: Associate Tutor for Middlesex University’s MA Degree courses in Education in schools, a day course trainer for teachers under the auspices of Creative Education, Music Examiner and an adjudicator for the London College of Music, National Director of Music of the Free Church Choirs (formerly the Free Church Choir Union) and Organist and Choirmaster of Ickenham United Reformed Church.
     
    Over the years Peter has worked with many distinguished soloists. As well as conducting concerts locally he has also conducted concerts in the Royal Festival Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall on the South Bank, and in a number of cathedrals in the UK and Europe.  He has led and directed many concert tours to France, Germany, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Austria and The Netherlands.

    Peter is married and has two daughters and three granddaughters. 

    Peter has recently been awarded a Fellowship of the London College of Music for Professional Achievement.