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Pete is a cellist, sitarist and vocalist from a family of travelling Showpeople.

He began his sitar training in North Indian Classical Music during his cello and composition studies at Birmingham Conservatoire, and later studied with Jonathan Mayer of the Senia veen-kar Gharana. Since, Pete has become student of the legendary Sarod player, Ustad Irfan Muhammad Khan, the inheritor and Khalif (chief) of the Lucknow Shahjahanpur Gharana. In addition to his ongoing study under Irfan Muhammad Khan, Pete has received vocal tuition from Rauf Saami, son of Ustad Naseeruddin Saami. He has also received tuition in string performance techniques from Fulani Griot and master of the Riti, Juldeh Camara and Mandinka Griots and masters of the Kora, Sura Susso and Jally Kebba Susso.

He allows the techniques from across his practice to cross-pollinate and inform one and other so his cello, sitar and vocal playing sound alike. This unique and carefully crafted sound has led to collaborative work with artists such as Zinzi Minott, Talvin Singh, and Sura Susso; and organisations such as Sound And Music, the Royal Shakespeare Company, Bristol Old Vic and Cape Farewell.

Pete is currently studying towards a PhD at Bath Spa and Exeter universities, funded by the South West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership, in which he is exploring the process of translating musical knowledge of the Lucknow Shahjahanpur Gharana from sitar to cello.