Peter Stallworthy, Conductor

An early interest in piano led to Peter joining the Royal Manchester College of Music as a Junior Exhibitioner at the age of ten and winning the National Chopin Competition of Great Britain only three years later. A burgeoning passion for conducting encouraged him to participate in a number of conducting seminars under the guidance of Maurice Handford and George Hurst and at the age of eighteen to forming the Manchester Sinfonia which he conducted at various venues in the North West.

Formal studies followed at King’s College, University of London, under Thurston Dart and by four further years at the Royal Manchester College of Music where he continued to study piano under Professor Ryszard Bakst. During this period he was awarded the Ricordi Prize for conducting and appeared on both television and radio as an accompanist. An appointment to succeed Maurice Handford as conductor of the Wilmslow Symphony Orchestra followed and was the beginning of a long association with that orchestra. After spending a number of years in London involved in the classical recording industry, Peter returned to the North West and is increasingly regarded as one of the region’s busiest and most versatile choral and orchestral conductors.

In addition to founding the Cheshire Sinfonia in conjunction with Alastair Roberts, Peter is principal conductor of the Barnby Choir and the North Staffordshire Symphony Orchestra and appears regularly as guest conductor with the Wilmslow Symphony Orchestra.