Our History

Established 1992

The family of Peter Gould set up The Peter Gould Piano Fund, as it was known then, a year after his death in 1992. Peter was considerably saddened that apart from the Fishguard Festival there were no other opportunities for concert going here. With this in mind, the family decided that in his memory we should raise funds to purchase a piano so we could fulfil his wishes for another opening to further music in this area.  

Grand PianoThe first concert was given in October 1993 at Cardigan County Secondary School by Nikolai Demidenko who had recently taken up residence in the UK in order to promote his career outside Russia. The difficulty of providing a suitable instrument for him was solved by hiring a grand piano from Cardiff for the concert.  

However, it wasn't easy to programme concerts which didn't require a piano. Occasional recitals and concerts took place at various venues in the area but it was in 1996 that Glen Peters and Brenda Squires offered us the opportunity of promoting concerts on a regular basis in their drawing room at Rhosygilwen where a grand piano, loaned by one of our Trustees, Martin Morris, was in place.

In 1997, we registered as a charity and changed our name to The Peter Gould Music Trust, the name by which it known today. Four years later, with occasional funding from various sources, the Arts Council of Wales provided yearly financial support under their Performing Arts Events Programme Scheme for the recital series. In 2002 Theatr Mwldan, which had hosted some of our recitals over the years that didn't require a piano, opened its doors to the public after an extensive rebuild to include a new auditorium, the redesign of the old one and many other facilities which the original building didn't possess. Also included was a below stage area for the storage of a grand piano and upright.

With Arts Council of Wales support, our Model C Steinway grand piano was selected by Peter's BBC colleague Stephen Plaistow from their main showrooms in Hamburg. Stephen also selected the upright from their London branch. We were delighted that the first recital on the new grand was given by Nikolai Demidenko in October 2004.  

Amongst those who have taken part in our recital series have been our late patron, Dame Margaret Price (1999). Following in Peter's footsteps, we are also keen to include young musicians who are at the start of their career and these have included The Belcea Quartet (2000), Catrin Finch (2001), Llŷr Williams (2002), Alison Balsam (2004) and Benjamin Grosvenor (2010) all of whom have gone on to become recognised as outstanding musicians of today by the critics and the public. We hope our concerts will include more stars of the future!

The Trust would like to thank the Arts Council of Wales for their continuing support of our activities.