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After 16 years at the helm, Peter Rose has retired as director of Lochaber Music School.
The organisation was founded in 1987 by eminent cello teacher Audrey Scott when there was no string teaching provided for the Lochaber schools and since then its range of instruments and teaching has greatly diversified.
Under Peter’s leadership and with a team of highly-talented and experienced tutors, and with the financial support of Highland Council, the Music School has grown from strength to strength. It now offers individual lessons and an exciting and fulfilling musical curriculum in the Camaghael Hostel every Tuesday, enriching the lives of more than 140 Lochaber children aged from six months to 17 years old.
Peter is also known internationally for his extremely successful environmental musicals, performed in prestigious concert halls and theatres throughout the world. Co-written with lyricist Anne Conlon, these have been commissioned by WWF and sung by thousands of children upon every continent.
Very recently, their musical Ocean World, which highlights the plight of the planet’s
oceans, was performed for the G7 First Ladies in the spectacular open air Minack Theatre in Cornwall.
Awarded the MBE in 2016 for services to musical education and conservation nationally
and internationally, Peter is now intending to devote more time to composing, teaching the piano and performing.
Taking Peter’s place as director will be violinist David Murray. For several years David has been a string tutor at the Music School and he is a former longstanding member of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.
Peter said: ‘The Music School is a unique Lochaber institution and I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to direct its course for the last 16 years.
‘Hundreds of children have passed though our doors and benefited from the remarkable
teaching and performing skills of our tutors. Most arrive as babies or toddlers and over the years develop a keenness to learn to play instruments and sing in the company of other likeminded children.
‘Some go on to become successful and established music professionals. But all of them –
whatever their ambitions – discover a love and appreciation of music that we are confident will be with them for the rest of their lives.
‘In so many ways, Music School has always felt like one big musical family. I wish the
children and their tutors all the very best for the future, knowing that the Music School in the very safe hands of David Murray, its new director.’
To bid farewell, members and trustees held a socially-distanced garden reception,
where Peter received a number of gifts and was presented with a silver quaich by founder Audrey Scott.