Happy Christmas everyone. Hope you get to spend it with the people you love.
Peter is off overseas for a 6 week holiday, visiting Europe and the UK. Not taking his guitar this time! Just a meeting with a publisher of children's music in London but otherwise catching up with friends and family. Peter loves to visit London - he and his family lived there in the late 70s and it was at this time that he recorded "Music Time" - an educational music program for primary school aged children - for BBC TV. In England he's meeting up again with the other Music Time presenter, Kathryn Harries. Kathryn went on to become a renowned opera singer. Also meeting up with one of his favourite songwriters, Johnny Coppin. Johnny specialises in writing music for the poems of famous Cotswold poets. Peter sang Johnny's song "A Song of Gloucestershire" with his 4 children at a recent big family reunion party
Melbourne Fringe - Fringe Hub, Main Theatre, Lithuanian Club - 9.30pm
Enjoying sharing music with children in country schools, south eastern Australia. Mr Clicketty Cane (nicknamed Wash Your Face in Orange Juice) still the favourite with primary schools children.
Just started the Great Ocean Road trip from Adelaide to Melbourne. Visiting schools on this tour. Today I was in Millicent, a lovely town in the south east of South Australia. I like singing in schools as the kids are focussed with no distractions. The environment is structured so the music has the maximum impact. Kids are very engaged and receptive. Singing is a really important part of the education process. Singing makes us happy.
On Wed Sept 9th I'll be setting off on a concert tour which takes in Millicent, Mt Gambier in SA and then along the Great Ocean Road to Portland, Warrnambool, Grovedale, Ocean Grove and Delahey - all in-house school shows, and then... 3 concerts at the Melbourne Fringe! BIG KIDS NIGHT OUT!! with the fast and furious Bellyflop in a Pizza band at the Fringe Hub - Main Theatre, Lithuanian Club on Sat night Sept 19 and then 2 school holiday matinees at the gorgeous Darebin Arts Centre on Sept 20 and 21 with the fantastic kids from Theatre Bugs. xPeter
Announcing Peter will be appearing in the Melbourne Fringe at the Big Kids Night Out Sept 19th. For big kids who have grown up loving Peter's childrens music. Relive childhood days and singalong to all your favourite songs about food, fairytales, animals and nonsense.
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After 2 sell out matinee concerts in Perth last weekend, Peter is following his music educator's passion with a series of concerts in schools. Every child deserves the right to a music education. Music enhances the quality of life. And the basis of music education is singing - through the voice we learn creativity, and the structure of a musical piece. We start with imitation - hence many of Peter's echo songs (eg Wash Your Face in Orange Juice"), and also the repeated listening of beautifully played pieces by Suzuki students.
Next tour is through country South Australian and Victorian schools along the Great Ocean Road route to Melbourne, where he appears in the Melbourne Fringe Festival. Check out SHOWS on this website for details.