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He conducted the Doncaster (Beechfield) Youth Orchestra for 36 years and founded the Boyce Chamber Orchestra 32 years ago. Both orchestras have always given excellent concerts under his baton and they have enriched musical life in and around Doncaster.
When he joined the Service there were only 4 full time teachers; the Service now has a staff of 58 and is renouned for its excellence.
The Photograph was taken at a staff dinner in September 2001, to mark Peter's retirement. Besides Peter and Joan Bear, also in the photograph are Ray Woodfield and Suzanne Chesson. Ray was a teacher in the Service and head of the Thorne Music Centre from 1974 to his retirement in 1986. Like Peter, Suzanne also retired in July 2001 after working for the Music Service for 27 years. Sue was largely responsible for organising the highly successful William Appleby Music Centre Festival concerts.