Axminster Chamber Choir was formed in 2012 in response to a request, made to Judy Martin by several local singers, for a small auditioned ensemble which would specialise in singing Early Music with very few voices to a part. The choir held its first rehearsal in October, 2012, and gave its first public performance in December of that year.
The group has now increased in both size and repertoire to consist of twenty singers singing polyphonic music from the Renaissance period to the present day. It has performed both liturgically and in concert and has, on three occasions, joined with Yeovil Chamber Choir (pictured left) to explore some of the larger Early Music repertoire.
Axminster Chamber Choir rehearses on Monday evenings from 6.00-7.30pm in the Minster Church in Axminster, and is currently looking for another two tenors to complete the ensemble.
He was an external examiner for the Royal Irish Academy of Music and remains an examiner for RSCM choral awards. In addition to his work with Axminster and District Choral Society, he maintains a private teaching practice, is a tutor for the Lyme Regis Organ School and the PipeUp scheme run by the Diocese of Salisbury, Director of Music at Axminster Parish Church, Director of RSCM Voices West, Director to Axminster and Yeovil Chamber Choirs and Accompanist to Bridport Choral Society. He is the co-editor of the choral anthology, Weddings for Choirs, published by Oxford University Press, and a contributor to the New Dictionary of National Biography, also for Oxford University Press. As a composer, Peter has been commissioned by choirs in the UK, Ireland and the USA and his music has been performed on the BBC and RTÉ networks.