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The city’s award-win­ning male voice choir has said good­bye to one of its long­est stand­ing and most in­flu­en­tial mem­bers, who has fi­nally put away his mu­sic after 43 years.

Peter Larke, from Longthorpe, joined Peter­bor­ough Male Voice Choir in 1973 and dur­ing his time with the or­gan­i­sa­tion has held vir­tu­ally ev­ery of­fice, in­clud­ing at one point even a stint as mu­si­cal di­rec­tor!

Per­haps Peter’s most im­por­tant and last­ing con­tri­bu­tion to the choir has been the part he played in the 2010 ap­point­ment of a new di­rec­tor Wil­liamPrideaux– na­tion­ally recog­nised as an author­ity on the male voice genre.

Un­der his lead­er­ship Peter­bor­ough Male Voice Choir has gone from strength to strength.

In his role as Chair of Trustees, work­ing to­gether with Wil­liam Prideaux, Peter was in­stru­men­tal in 2011 in set­ting up women’s choir Peter­bor­ough Voice, Peter­bor­ough Youth Choir and mu­sic ed­u­ca­tion char­ity Peter­bor­ough Sings! which de­liv­ers the Peter­bor­ough Singing Strat­egy in pri­mary schools on be­half of Peter­bor­ough Mu­sic Hub and Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil.

Peter has passed his love of singing on to younger gen- er­a­tions and it’s now well and truly a fam­ily af­fair as Peter’s son-in-lawTimJ­ef­fries-Har­ris is a mem­ber of Peter­bor­ough Male Voice Choir, his wife Mary and daugh­ters He­len and Andi are both in­volved with Peter­bor­ough Sings!

To mark his de­par­ture as a per­form­ing mem­ber of the choir and in recog­ni­tion of his unique com­mit­ment and con­tri­bu­tion to the or­gan­i­sa­tion, Peter has been made Hon­orary Life Pres­i­dent of Peter­bor­ough Sings! and was pre­sented with the award by di­rec­tor Wil­liam Prideaux and Chair­man of Trustees Mark Cur­rier (pic­tured).

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Peter (cen­tre) is pic­tured with Will Prideaux (left) and Mark Cur­rier.

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