Presenter/Programmer

Peter was attracted to 3MBS as a means of exploring the vast and fascinating world of music. Early programs include a public masterclass at 3MBS, a panel discussion on musical topics and a live-to-air workshop on classical improvisation with Prof. David Dolan and musicians of the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM). Also in collaboration with ANAM Peter jointly presented The ANAM Hour with Tony Thomas. His own series, Musical Connexions, explored classical music in film and events like the Olympics, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the centenary of the Titanic’s sinking. Peter made a 2-part program, Innovation in Pianos, and The Story of the Chamber Opera, Voicing Emily (Dickinson) for Know Your Music. Highlights in Illuminations include: 3-part history of WW1 with music of composers who took part or were inspired by it; Roméo et Juliette (with Bethany Simons and Angus Cameron); Russian Music from Karaminskaya to Babi Yar; National Anthems – music for the use of; William Schmidt and Friends Make Music; Fame, Fortune and Lies: The Life and Music of Eileen Joyce, in collaboration with Julia Hastings (finalist in CBAA Awards 2017 for Excellence in Music Programming), Music in the life and writings of Jane Austen (with Lise Rogers), ANAM Fellowships, Music inspired by Sir Water Scott (2 parts).

Peter often enhances his programs by collaborating with guest musicians, actors and subject matter experts. He usually adds supplementary information on the Illuminations web page so you have the whole story.