Peter Banks

Peter is Head of Chemistry at the Purcell school of Music, he is currently in his first year of teaching having completed his training and chemistry degree at Bangor University in North Wales. His teaching dissertation involved research into a long-held interest of his, “The Use of Music in the Science Classroom” and received high praise for originality and breadth of study. After his teacher training he was offered a job at the Purcell School where he is Head of Chemistry and Assistant Housemaster, two roles which he finds challenging but very rewarding and fun-filled .

Peter’s interest in music was kindled by his parents and at the age of 4 he started playing violin. (he now plays on a violin and viola both made by his Grandmother who used wood from a tree in the garden which was made into planks and sat on at his parents wedding!!) He has continued his music making throughout his life and whilst at university he became the first non music student to receive the university concerto, play with the specialist group “Bangor Baroque Soloists” and become a section principal in not just one orchestra but all 4. Outside of classical music Peter became very involved within the local music scene and recorded several times for national TV and BBC national radio as well as for many Welsh artists across North Wales.

Peter is the newest member of the team and is really enjoying the challenges involved within the trip, he is very much looking forward to meeting musicians from across the globe and enjoying 2 weeks of fantastic music-making by some of the most incredible young musicians in the world on his first visit to the southern hemisphere.