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Pete is a cellist, sitarist and vocalist from a family of travelling Showpeople. His unique musical voice and multifaceted skillset blends multiple worlds of musical knowledge into soulful songs, pieces and improvisations that owe their existence entirely to his masterful teachers.

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 Gharānā. Since, Pete has become student of the legendary Sarod player, Ustad Irfan Muhammad Khan, the inheritor and Khalif (chief) of the Lucknow Shahjahanpur Gharānā. 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 Zinzi Minott, the Royal Shakespeare Company, Talvin Singh, Kuljit Bhamra, Sura Susso, Bristol Old Vic and Dizraeli.


Enquiries: peteyelding @ gmail . com