Peter Thomas Turner (1926-2008), pianist and pedagogue from Winnersh, Nr. Wokingham, Berkshire, received his early music training at the Berkshire Conservatory of Music.

 

He was awarded received a Foundation Scholarship in 1946 to study at the Royal College of Music in London, where he received ARCMs for piano performing (1951) school music (1952). He studied with renowned teachers, including the pianist and musicologist Denis Matthews, and Lance Dossor.

 

Peter performed recitals and appeared as a soloist with orchestras in London and English provincial towns and became a member of the piano faculty at Calgary's Mount Royal College (now the Mount Royal University) in 1965, where he taught until 1998. He was also the organist for Riverview United Church from 1965 to 1980, and a senior examiner for the Royal Conservatory of Music.

 

Peter’s legacy is perhaps greatly exemplified by his many students, from his decades-long career, including many that have achieved local, national, and international recognition.

 

SOURCES:

Calgary Herald Obituaries, accessed via www.legacy.com

J. Byrne, archivist, Royal College of Music Library, London UK