Peter Wagstaff became Director of The Fitzhardinge Consort in 2014.
He trained as a treble and later tenor at Holy Trinity, Guildford (where he also learned the organ), and in 2010 began studying Music at Cardiff University with a Choral Scholarship from Llandaff Cathedral. He graduated in 2013 with a First and the Morfydd Owen Prize for interdisciplinary excellence. While in Cardiff, he spent two years as Organist and Director of Music at St Mary’s Whitchurch (2012-14), during which time he oversaw the rebuilding of the choral foundation in the largest parish in Wales, and the renovation of the church’s precious Bristol-built Vowles organ. In 2014 he went on to study a Master’s in Russian Musicology at the University of Bristol, and in 2015 was appointed Tenor Lay Clerk in the choir of Bristol Cathedral – a post he still holds. He continues to work as a singer, organist, conductor and tutor across the South West and South Wales, and is becoming increasingly known as a music writer and journalist: following two years as music critic for the Western Mail, he now writes programme notes and sleeve notes (for which he has drawn the attention of critics for writing that is both “outstanding” and “calls a spade a spade”), and reviews choral and organ recordings for Organists’ Review.
Since his appointment as Fitzhardinge Director, he has expanded the number of performances considerably, as well as taking the Consort to new venues and broadening the operations of the ensemble to include outreach, charity and corporate events, as well as continuing to do what Fitzhardinge does best – putting on excellent concerts of varied music.
Recent and substantial additions to the Fitzhardinge repertoire under his direction have included the virtuosic motets of J. S. Bach and Dieterich Buxtehude’s epic cantata cycle for Passiontide, Membra Jesu Nostri.