M.Mus., B.A.(Hons), LRAM, ARCM
Director of Music
Peter Rutterford joined the Perth Choral Society as Director of Music late in 2004 and took charge of his inaugural concert in March 2005.
Peter was born in Cambridgeshire and began his musical education at the age of nine, studying the cornet in his local brass band. He joined the Royal Marines Band Service in 1964, studying the violin, trumpet and cornet and embarking on a musical career spanning thirty-six years. During his distinguished career, Peter travelled extensively throughout the world.
While Director of Music of the Band of HM Royal Marines, Scotland, Peter commissioned a work from Fife musician and composer Bruce Fraser. Bruce dedicated the work to Peter and was so impressed by Peter’s conducting style that he called the piece “Panache”!
In 1999, Peter retired from the Royal Marines with the rank of Major; he then became Director of Music for the Sultan of Oman’s Royal Navy for the next two years, after which he returned to Perthshire, where he now lives with his wife Janet, who is the daughter of a former President of Perth Choral Society.
Throughout his career, Peter has been associated with a wide variety of musical organisations and has been invited to conduct and adjudicate, orchestras, bands, choral groups and musical societies all over the country. He is also Conductor of Crieff Choral Group and Chair of Perth Festival of the Arts.
The Sinfonia was formed from members of the Angus Chamber Orchestra.
2017 Leader Lorna Maclaren,
Violin - Audrey Mattner, Kathy Whittaker, Julie Taylor, David Macleod, Sharon Doyle, Rachel Smart, Marie Holigan, Helen Gregory, Allan Young
Viola - Stewart McMurdo, Sean Thomas Cello - C. Jeremy Fletcher, Susan Smart Contrabass - Philip Venters, Graham Robb
Oboe - Laura Young, Kim Duncan Trumpet - Andrew Digger, Ceri Heaney
Timpani - Bobby McCabe Harpsichord - Howard Duthie
2018 Leader Liz Beeston
Violin - Malcolm Ross, Rachel Smart, Ken Clarke, Lorna Johnson, Donald Macleod, Emma Pantrell. Eva Mundell
Viola - Stewart McMurdo, Mike Beeston . Cello - Jeremy Fletcher, Susan Smart
Contrabass - May Haliburton, Graham Robb
Flute - Susie Will, Michelle McCabe Oboe - Geoffrey Bridge, Kim Duncan Clarinet - Fran Barker, Charlie Maynes
Bassoon - David Wallace, Eileen Waterston Horn - Fergus Kerr, Rachel Brady Trumpet - Andrew Digger, Bede Williams
Trombone - Nigel Cox, Paul Stone Bass trombone - Jim Bone
Timpani - Amy Murch Organ - Andrew Forbes