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Joan and Peter Bear with Ray Woodfield and Suzanne Chesson
Peter Bear retired as head of the Doncaster Music Service in July 2001. He has worked for 38 years for Doncaster LEA as a violin teacher, conductor, advisor, inspector and head of the Music Service. He has inspired and influenced thousands of young people, giving them a love of music - he believes that music and music making should be available to everyone, no matter what their social or financial background.

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.