Pete has been a permanent member of staff at HCA since 2003 having previously been a visiting lecturer/director since 1999. He initially worked in Performing Arts but was instrumental (no pun intended) in designing and setting up the college-level Music Course. He was appointed Course Leader in 2007.
Pete completed his degree in music at Dartington College of Arts and joined the Community Arts Team at Exeter & Devon Arts Centre working on several large-scale community fire shows involving vast quantities of pyrotechnics and loud music.
He then joined Odyssey Theatre Company for their ‘non-western’ production of ‘Macbeth’ spending six weeks training and rehearsing in Bali before embarking on a UK tour. Pete was then invited to join the Royal National Theatre as a music director and actor for the Olivier award nominated: ‘Trackers of Oxyrhynchus’ by Tony Harrison – He spent just over a year performing the piece at the Olivier Theatre and on tours to Denmark, Austria and around England.
Pete then moved to Somerset where he worked for several years as co-director of Actiontrack Performance Company which specialised in collaboratively devised music-theatre for mainly young people. On arriving in Herefordshire Pete continued to work as a free-lance music-theatre practitioner as well as running and coordinating projects for The Music Pool and setting up Kilpeck Youth Theatre.
Pete describes himself as a musical jack-of-all-trades, has written and composed over 100 shows and 1,000 songs and absolutely loves his job!