Peter Wagstaff became Director of The Fitzhardinge Consort in 2014.
He studied Music at Cardiff University (2013) with a choral scholarship from Llandaff Cathedral, and a Master’s in Russian Musicology (2015) at the University of Bristol. In 2015 he was appointed Tenor Lay Clerk in the choir of Bristol Cathedral – a post he still holds. He continues to work as a singer and conductor across England and Wales, and his journalistic activities have drawn the attention of critics for writing that is both “outstanding” and “calls a spade a spade”.
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, education, charity, and corporate events. He has established a new governing structure and appointed staff to administer such areas as Education and Outreach, Development, Volunteer Coordination, and more.
Recent and substantial additions to the Fitzhardinge repertoire under Peter’s direction have included the virtuosic motets of J. S. Bach and Dieterich Buxtehude’s epic cantata cycle for Passiontide, Membra Jesu Nostri, as well as such towers of the choral repertoire as John Sheppard’s Media Vita and James MacMillan’s Miserere.
Peter is also an accomplished historian. Alongside his musical career, he works for film and TV as an historical authenticity consultant for period drama, under the auspices of his company SceneSpan.