Join Peter for Breakfast, Fridays from 6-9am on Fine Music FM102.5 & Digital
I have been a volunteer since 2008 and trained as a presenter soon after joining the station.
2. How did you discover Fine Music 102.5?
When I first moved to Sydney the station was recommended by a friend and I have been listening ever since.
3. What have you been up to since we last heard you on-air?
Since stepping down from Breakfast in February, the year has been very busy with a lot of writing, some key speaking commitments, having a book published, and then being involved in promoting it to keep my publisher happy.
4. What do you do when you’re not presenting at Fine Music?
I like to read, cook, go bushwalking, and also get on with the work I love at the think tank where I work.
5. Did you choose the Fine Music Breakfast program or did it choose you?
It chose me, really, although I always thought presenting Breakfast on 102.5 was about as good as it gets. And I was right! I have missed it and am glad to be sitting in for Janine Burrus for a few weeks.
I have very catholic tastes in music ranging from Bach to Berg, Telemann to Tippett. And I love jazz, although it is a genre about which I still have lots to learn.
7. Who inspires you and why?
I was greatly inspired by my friend, the late Bill Leak, cartoonist at The Australian, who died suddenly earlier this year. Bill was fiercely intelligent and courageous, and a person of immense generosity, gentleness, and compassion – and had a devastating sense of humour.
8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
An orchestral conductor.
9. What is one of your favourite quotes?
I like this quote from Robert Menzies: "When people meet my wife they think better of me. They say, 'With a wife like that, he can't be as bad as we thought.'"
10. What is the piece of music you most frequently play?
A few years ago I discovered Benjamin Britten's Elegy for Strings – an early work – which I have grown to love. I play it on air as often as I can get away with doing so.