Musical Director

Peter J. Williams - Conductor

Born in London, Peter soon made a mark as at the age of twelve when he became the country's youngest church organist. At 14 he had formed a local choir and conducted his first choral concert. He studied conduction with Christoper Fry at London College of Music as well as piano and organ. On graduating, he joined the music teaching profession.

In 1973 Peter founded and was conductor of the Islington Choral Society, holidng that post until 1990. In 1980 he founded Hillingdon Choral Society and five years later, Hillingdon Philarmonic Orchestra. He has continued to conduct both ever since.

In addition to these posts he was guest conductor of the Hillingdon Musical Society from 1989 to 1995 and for eight years he was chairman of the Music Sub-Committee of the Hillingdon Arts Association.

At present  Peter is a Day Course Trainer for teachers, Tutor for the University of Buckingham, Music Examiner for the London College of Music, National Director of Music of the Free Church Choirs (formerly the Free Church Choir Union) as well as a small teaching practice.

Over the years Peter has worked with many distinguished soloists. As well as conducting concerts locally, he has also conducted concerts in London at the Royal Festival Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall on the South Bank, Cadogan Hall and in a number of cathedrals in the Czech Republic, Austria, The Netherlands and Luxembourg.

In December 2015 Peter was awarded the Michael Craxton Award by the Hillingdon Arts Association for outstanding service to the music of Hillingdon over many years. Peter is married and has two daughters and three granddaughters.