The Festival is indeed fortunate to be holding the last recital in Newcastle by organist Peter Guy, perhaps for some considerable time to come. Peter Guy was the Organist and Master of the Choristers at Christ Church Cathedral, Newcastle until May 2022, when Peter decided to travel to Prague to further his musical training. Prior to his work at the Cathedral, Peter was Director of Music at St Stephen’s Uniting Church, Macquarie St, Sydney, and was the inaugural Director of Chapel Music at St Andrew’s College within the University of Sydney.
As an educator, Peter has been employed as a sessional lecturer and tutor in harmony, aural and organ at the University of Newcastle. He was a foundation teacher in the ACT Organ School (2004-2007) and is a foundation director of the Newcastle Cathedral College of Music. In 2019 he commenced training for the Australian Kodaly Certificate (Secondary Education).
Peter studied for his Bachelor of Music (majoring in organ and choral directing under Dr Philip Matthias) at the University of Newcastle Conservatorium, which he received with first class honours and the University Medal. During this time, Peter received a number of scholarships and awards, including the Vice Chancellor’s Honours Scholarship and an Australian Postgraduate Award. In 2018, Peter graduated from the University of Divinity with a Master of Theological Studies.
In 2003, Peter performed in the national keyboard final of the Symphony Australia Young Performers Award, where he played Poulenc’s Concerto for Organ, Strings and Timpani in g minor with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Rumon Gamba. Peter has also appeared with the Canberra Youth Orchestra and Christ Church Camerata for numerous concerto performances, and has performed with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
Peter has toured abroad on a number of occasions as director, soloist and accompanist. In July 2016 he directed the Choir of Christ Church Cathedral on their inaugural international tour, singing in Southwark and Norwich Cathedrals, and performing in concert at Beaulieu, Bosham and Trinity College, Cambridge. He has performed in locations such as St Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and Southwark Cathedral, London, Notre Dame, Paris and numerous venues in South Korea, and has appeared for the Organ Historical Society (USA) on two occasions, including performing the opening recital of the 2010 National Convention in Pittsburgh. In 2020, Peter was to conduct the Cathedral Choir on tour to the UK, singing at York Minster and Ely Cathedral.
Peter has recorded two solo Organ CDs, and features as an accompanist and soloist on recordings by Organ Historical Trust of Australia, The University of Newcastle Chamber Choir, Newcastle University Choir, and Christ Church Camerata, in addition to directing Christ Church Cathedral Choir for their recording O for the wings… He has been broadcast on multiple radio stations, including Sunday Live performances on ABC Classic FM, Sunday Half Hour programme on BBC Radio 3, 2MBS FM (Sydney), 3MBS FM (Melbourne) and has appeared on radio and TV in South Korea.