PETER YARDLEY-JONES is currently Director of Music & Organist at the Swiss Church in Covent Garden. He graduated with a first-class honours degree in music from the University of Glasgow in June 2010. From 2006-2008 he was University Organ Scholar, playing for services in the historic Memorial Chapel and in 2008 he was appointed Assistant Organist at St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral, Glasgow and Organist at Houston & Killellan Kirk. During his time in Glasgow, Peter studied organ with Kevin Bowyer and renowned Bach scholar, Prof. John Butt OBE.
Widely respected as a performer, Peter was awarded the Muriel Thorne Hague Memorial Prize, by the University of Glasgow for achieving the greatest distinction in performance and in 2005 won first prize in the nationwide Geoffrey Spiers Organ Competition. As a recitalist he has performed at some of the UK’s most prestigious venues including: The Kelvingrove Art Gallery, Glasgow; Caird Hall, Dundee; and St John’s College, Cambridge as part of the Cambridge Summer Music Festival. Peter made his US début in July 2010, performing a recital at the Community of Christ Temple, Missouri and returned in December to perform at St Thomas, Fifth Avenue, NY and Christ Church, Greenwich. In addition Peter has been organist for several BBC Radio 2 and Radio 4 broadcasts and for BBC Television’s Songs of Praise.
Away from the Organ Bench, Peter is becoming increasingly active as a conductor. In 2008, he founded the Clyde Consort, a small chamber ensemble specialising in baroque music, performed on period instruments. In March 2008, he made his first professional conducting début with them, performing Buxtehude’s oratorio: Membra Jesu nostri. Peter conducted the UK première of Fredrik Sixten’s Swedish St Mark’s Passion, on 15 April 2009, which was met with great praise. In 2014, he directed a performance of Bach’s St John Passion from the Harpsichord as part of an all-night Easter Vigil, held at the Swiss Church. Since relocating to London, Peter also tours with soprano Jessica Broad, performing varied programmes across the United Kingdom.
Peter’s full-time job is spent indulging in his passion and skill for online technologies and has become a leader in his field, having worked for Channel 5, Machinima (YouTube’s top entertainment channel), Virgin Media and is currently working for Maker Studios as their Manager of International Advertising Operations.