Peter Stallworthy 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 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. Since moving to Wensleydale he has recently been appointed as Conductor of the Richmondshire Choral Society and of the Swale Singers. He will also appear for the next season as Guest Conductor of the Richmondshire Orchestra. For many years he was Conductor of the Barnby Choir 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. Peter looks forward to building on the Orchestra’s fine reputation over the forthcoming season.
David Emerson’s love of music began at a young age, growing up singing in the church choir at St Laurence, Warborough and later at St Helen’s, Benson, his local churches whilst growing up in South Oxfordshire. He continued his musical education at Abingdon School, both singing and playing the bassoon during his time there, before a degree in Music at Royal Holloway, University of London, studying Orchestral Conducting with Levon Parikian throughout his time there, and a Master’s in Choral Conducting at Birmingham Conservatoire, where he was also a key member of the Conservatoire’s critically acclaimed Chamber Choir, singing as a soloist on two CD recordings with them. He also took on the position of Seraphim Lay Clerk at Birmingham Cathedral, touring to both France and Germany with the choir and singing for live radio broadcasts. He moved to Durham in September 2016, to begin singing with Durham Cathedral Choir as a Lay Clerk, and is really enjoying both the new position and the wonderful countryside. He has also sung with professional choirs Ex Cathedra and OSJ Voices, and as a soloist with a number of ensembles including Barnard Castle School Choral Society, Rugby Philharmonic Choir and Langtree Sinfonia.