Peter Robert Auty received his musical training in the Choir of St. Paul's Cathedral, London, which he joined shortly after his 8th birthday. Before he left, aged 13½, he had become Senior Chorister and sang in many special services. He made a number of recordings with the Cathedral Choir, including the gold-winning LP "Rejoice" which was later released on CD. He was one of the lead singers on the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra's recording of greatest hits of the pop group "Police". This LP was entitled "Arrested" and Peter's contribution, "Walking on the Moon" was later released as a single.
His best known solo performance, however, was undoubtedly in 1982 when he recorded "Walking in the Air" for Howard Blake's soundtrack to The Snowman, a highly successful animated film directed by Dianne Jackson and based on the book by Raymond Briggs. Peter was invited to sing the role at the Barbican Theatre with Bernard Cribbins and an LP was made as well as a single of Peter's song.
For a while during the early eighties, Peter's voice was a household sound when he sang for a British Rail television commercial: "This is the Age of the Train"!
He was a songman at Bristol Cathedral and York Minster before studying at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama with Peter Alexander Wilson. In 1987 he emerged as an operatic tenor with the National Opera Studio and made his debut with British Youth Opera as Tom Rakewell (Rake's Progress) returning as Rodolfo (La Boheme) in 1998. For Opera North he has sung Remendado (Carmen), Jenik (The Bartered Bride) and Rodolfo (La Boheme). Peter has sung Malcolm (Macbeth) for Opera Zuid and for the Glyndebourne Festival. For Mid Wales Opera and for Opera de Massy he has sung the title role in Gounod's Faust.
For the Royal Opera House he has sung several roles including Fenton (Falstaff), Michelis (The Greek Passion), Nathaniel (Les Contes D'Hoffman), Matteo Borsa (Rigoletto), Malcolm (Macbeth) and he sang the tenor solos in Stravinsky's Les Noches for the Royal Ballet.
In 2002 he went on tour with Glyndebourne Touring Opera singing Rodolfo (La Boheme).
The adult Peter Auty- an impressive tenor- can be heard on Lammas' new recording of Stainer's Crucifixion: http://www.lammas.co.uk/crucifix.htm
Peter Auty Tracks 1-9 and 11-15 come from "On Wings of Song"; tracks 10 and 16-21 previously unreleased. Tracks 1-16 recorded in 1983, 17-21 in 1984; all with piano accompaniment by David Harrison.
Peter Auty Reissue of 1982 LP on CBS Records. Words & music by Howard Blake: performed by the Sinfonia of London conducted by the composer, with Peter Auty (then a chorister at St Paul's Cathedral) singing "Walking in the Air". This CD issue (which contains an 18-page illustrated story book) has the complete music, first with and then without the narrator.