Peter Guy is Organist and Master of the Choristers at Christ Church Cathedral, Newcastle. Prior to this, 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.
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 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.
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) and has appeared on radio and TV in South Korea.
Peter enjoys an active recital schedule, performing around Australia in venues across Newcastle and the Hunter Valley, Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide and the Barossa Valley.
A past winner of the ABC Young Conductor of the Year Award, David has conducted many of Australia's leading orchestras and ensembles, including the Queensland Symphony, Queensland Philharmonic, Opera Queensland, Queensland Ballet, Adelaide Symphony, West Australian Symphony, Queensland Youth Symphony and Sydney Youth Philharmonic. David has collaborated with soloists such as Roger Woodward, Ian Munro, Tamara Anna Cislowska and Kathryn Selby (piano), Susan Collins, Tor Fromyhr and Graeme Jennings (violin), Sally Walker (flute), Amelia Farrugia and Hyesoung Kwon (soprano) and William Barton (didgeridoo).
His compositions include instrumental, choral and chamber music, and he has written for performers including Sally Walker and Jenny Duck Chong (flute and mezzo-soprano), William Barton (didgeridoo), the Christ Church Camerata (Newcastle) Anthea Scott-Mitchell (cello) and the Hunter Singers. His works have been performed by orchestras including the Queensland and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras, and recordings of his works have been broadcast on ABC Classic FM and Sydney's 2MBS Fine Music.
David is the Artistic Director of Newcastle's Christ Church Camerata, Co-Artistic Director of the Newcastle Music Festival, Director of the Newcastle Strings, and on the staff of the Riverina Summer String School.
An important part of David's compositional output has been inspired by his work with Géza Szilvay, including many works for young string players and ensembles, and his collection of songs arranged for children's choir and strings - Tigers and Teapots - which has become a regular part of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra's education program. In 2016 David received an Honorary Certificate in Violin Teaching from Colourstrings International. David is a passionate advocate for music education and has spoken at numerous conferences on Kodály-based music education.
David can be heard on-air each week on Newcastle's ABC1233 radio (available online) in The Banter, a discussion about music and life with host Paul Bevan, that reached its 250th episode in 2017.
David is active as a researcher in the area of symmetry and symmetry breaking in music, and his output has included collaborations with scientists including Giuseppe Caglioti (Politecnico di Milano) and Roger Smith (Hunter Medical Research Institute). David is a member of the Executive Board of the International Symmetry Association.