Peter Gould

Peter Gould (1922-1992) was educated at Salisbury Cathedral School, Lancing College, Sussex, and Queens College, Cambridge.   His studies at Cambridge were for two years only before he was called up to serve in the Royal Navy's minesweepers off the British coast. His piano studies continued with Harold Craxton throughout his years at University, during the war and afterwards.

After a debut recital at London's prestigious Wigmore Hall, a promising career was taking shape. However, a chance meeting at the Promenade Concerts with a couple who were to become life long friends led to him applying for the post of a Music Programmes Producer at the BBC. Many of the world famous musicians of the day as well as those who were on the brink of successful careers as performers were produced by him. The distinguished line up included amongst many The Amadeus Quartet, Jacqueline du Pré, Michelangeli, Glenn Gould and Dame Janet Baker rose and pianowith whom, as her pianist, he recorded a memorable performance for the BBC of Schumann's Frauemliebe und Leben in the early years of her career. He later became Head of Music under the Controller of Music, Sir William Glock.

Taking early retirement, Peter with his wife Philippa and daughter Catherine moved to Cardigan in 1975 to take up farming where they established a herd of pedigree Welsh Black Cattle. With the vast experience he had gained from his work at the BBC, he was invited to join what was then the Welsh Arts Council before it became known as the Arts Council of Wales. He was also connected with St Davids Cathedral Festival in its early days and was keen to help develop the careers of promising young musicians.