Peter Farnbank, LRSM - 2010 to 2011
Peter studied the violin under Alan Powell (Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra) and Mark Knight (now Professor of Violin and Viola at the Guildhall School of Music).
Peter has played the violin in a large number of student and adult orchestras across England, including string orchestras, leading Violin 2 in a couple of them. He has led the LSU College theatre orchestra and played an unaccompanied solo on stage in an 18th century production. He has also played the violin, viola and double-bass in the Gibraltar Symphony Orchestra. In 2004 Peter was in a piano trio that performed a memorial concert in Poulton, where he also played a Sarasate solo on the violin and a Villa-Lobos solo on the classical guitar.
Apart from playing the violin and viola, Peter also particularly enjoys composing. He has composed a varied range of music from pastiche solo to contemporary symphonic. And in 2007, he co-principalled John Au in a double-violin solo in one of his own compositions, "Starie Romansi" (Old Romances), performed by the Fylde Sinfonia.
Peter is currently assistant-leader of the Fylde Concert Orchestra, for which he has arranged music and continues to play solo along with Ron White, its Leader. Peter was the conductor of the Soundwaves ensemble, which ultimately evolved as the FCO. He leads The Cameo String Quartet of Lancashire, which he formed in 1997, and for which he has written numerous arrangements from Baroque to Pop. Peter currently pursues a career as a Chartered Psychologist, and is deeply interested in Music Psychology.
Visit Peter's website - http://farnbank-composer.co.uk/