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Peter Wilton

Peter Wilton gained a B. Ed Hons. degree in Music and Education at Reading, during which he studied singing with Annette Thompson, and began researches into the performance of Gregorian Chant. He continued academic studies with an M. Mus. in historical musicology at King's College, London, and a Ph. D. on the tropes for the Alleluias of the Mass at Royal Holloway College, London University . He has contributed to The Revised New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, and also to the recently published new edition of The Oxford Companion to Music. He is the Director of Music of the Gregorian Association. He has edited the chant for the Office of Vespers for Westminster Cathedral choir, where he frequently sings. He has published adaptations of the chant for use with the Church of England’s new Common Worship services. In recognition of his work on the chant, he was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Academy of St Cecilia in 2006. He has provided late renaissance chant and programme and sleeve notes for the Hilliard Ensemble's concert and CD In Paradisum. He has edited and directed chant for the CD L'Amor de Lonh performed by the Martin Best Mediæval Ensemble. He has appeared on BBC Radio 2 on the programme Folk on 2, as the leader of a series of workshops on Gregorian Chant at the Sidmouth (East Devon) International Festival of Folk Arts 1996 on the music of Anglo-Saxon Exeter Cathedral. He led two further series at the 1997 and 2000 Sidmouth festivals leading to performances of mediæval liturgical drama, and has contributed a series of workshops on Gregorian Chant and polyphony at Witney Harmony Weekend, devoted to vocal styles from different cultures and traditions. He is revisiting liturgical drama at the newly renamed Sidmouth Folk Week, and returning to Witney, in 2007.

He has toured to Jerusalem, Japan, Spain, Germany and France, and on the Contemporary Music Network tour around England with the Hilliard Ensemble, singing Arvo Pärt's works (including a performance of Miserere on BBC TV). He has appeared with the Martin Best Mediæval Ensemble in Dante's Quest on BBC Radio 3, and in concert performances of their record Forgotten Provence. He has appeared in the Purcell Room at the South Bank Centre, London, with The Mellstock Band & Quire , directed by Dave Townsend, performing a programme of music from Thomas Hardy's manuscripts. He has worked in France at the Opéra de Lyon in the revival of Débussy's Rodrigue et Chimène, and at the festival of Aix-en-Provence in Mozart's Don Giovanni, Weber's Euryanthe, Schubert's Lazarus, and Bach's Mass in B minor .

As a soloist, he has appeared in a concert with Victoria de Los Angeles, has sung the rôle of Pan in Galliard's Baroque Opera Pan and Syrinx, and has made many appearances with choral societies, singing choral works by Brahms, Mendelssohn, Bach, Rossini, Handel, Pergolesi, Schubert, Finzi, Mozart, Haydn and Bruhns.  In recitals for voice and piano, he has performed Finzi 's settings of poems by Thomas Hardy, and British folksong arrangements by Britten, Haydn and Grainger . His demonstration CD Alleluias encapsulates a brief history of the development of western European melodic style over the course of a millennium.

In order to allow time to re-establish choir singing at St Nicholas, Hedsor, where he sang as a child (with Richard Hickox!), and to spend more time at his house at Sidmouth in Devon, he has recently begun to work from home editing music and musicological texts for publishers such as Oxford University Press, and has just been appointed administrator of the trust associated with the musicological journal Music and Letters.