John Peace

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John Peace John Peace is a Liverpool-based pianist, organist, lecturer and teacher of keyboard studies. He has an extensive solo, chamber and accompaniment repertoire across classical, opera and church music repertoires, and has taught piano at all levels; former students include Ian Hobson, winner of the 1981 Leeds International Piano Competition. John instigated the Merseyside area European Piano Teachers' Association. He performs with Live-A-Music and in the chamber group, Ensemble Liverpool.

John Peace BA, LRAM, ARCO was born in Wakefield and educated at Huddersfield College. Awarded scholarships to read music at University College, Durham University, he has subsequently followed a career as a soloist, chamber recitalist and teacher of the piano and organ.

John has been Director of Music in schools in Durham, Hereford, Wakefield and London, and was a part-time music tutor for the Open University from 1970 to '77. From 1973-1992 he was Senior Lecturer in Music and Head of Keyboard Studies at the Liverpool (Adult and Further Education) College's School of Performing Arts.

John has many years' experience of piano teaching at all levels. A former pupil, Ian Hobson (now Head of Keyboard Faculty, University of Urbana-Illinois, USA and international soloist) has subsequently won several important prizes including first place in the 1981 Leeds International Piano Competition. Earlier in his own career as a solo pianist, John took advice from distinguished concert pianist and Royal College of Music professor Gordon Fergus-Thompson.

In 1991 John inaugurated the Merseyside branch of the European Piano Teachers’ Association (EPTA) and has given a number of lecture-recitals at EPTA International Conferences in London. His workbook, The Complete Pianist, which discusses the distinctive approach and applications of the American teacher Abby Whiteside, and of Jaques-Dalcroze, was published in 1993. At the 2008 EPTA Conference (held in Liverpool), John was again a member of faculty, giving a recital centred around the pianistic heritage in Merseyside.

Church music, opera and Elegant Music
In the 1960s and '70s John was Organist at various churches in Hereford & London, and since then in Liverpool, where he was organist and choir director at St Mary's Parish Church, Walton for ten years until 2004.

John has been Musical Director of the Liverpool Metropolitan Opera and Liverpool Italian Opera Company and has worked with many leading opera and concert singers. For some years now he has been the pianist in the Elegant Music group, which offers fully professional performances and 'Palm Court' or 'lounge music' for corporate and celebratory occasions.

Soloist and recitals
From 1980 to 1992 John directed the lunchtime recital series at Liverpool Parish Church, reviving a tradition going back to the 1940s and featuring many eminent musicians. John was pianist with the Liverpool Chamber Music Group until 1988 and now performs with Ensemble Liverpool, whose members are drawn from the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (RLPO).

John Peace has given numerous recitals as soloist, chamber music pianist and accompanist, with members of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Halle Orchestra and Ulster Orchestras, and St Helens Sinfonietta etc. He has made BBC broadcasts, and performed in RLPO recitals and concerts, at Liverpool's Philharmonic Hall and St George's Hall, Liverpool, the Williamson Art Gallery in Wirral, Chester Town Hall, the Three Choirs Festival, the Horniman Museum Dulwich, both Liverpool Cathedrals, Cross St United Reformed Church Manchester, St Bride's and Ullet Road Churches in Liverpool, for the Wigan Music Society and St Helens Sinfonietta, and for many other events and venues.

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Piano Quintet
John was the pianist for the first-ever known recording of the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Piano Quintet, realised from a copy of the original handwritten score by his colleague Martin Anthony Burrage, and performed, probably for the first time in living memory, by their chamber group, Ensemble Liverpool (then known as Live-A-Music) in the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall at a public recital on 7 November 2001.

Contact emails: John Peace; Ensemble Liverpool; Elegant Music.

Read more about Ensemble Liverpool, Elegant Music and The Musicians.

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Hello ,just to say John is a wonderful human ,I had the honour to be taught by him at Sandown College for some years ( I am still assimilating his unique thoughts!)
He will remain special and dear to me as he is to all of those who meet and know him now .
Wishing him well in all things

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