Peter Thornton




Growing up in the Highlands of Scotland, Peter began his journey as a musician by singing in school choirs and picking up the trombone aged 10. A year later he was given a guitar as a Christmas present, and began taking lessons on that too. Joining every band, club and organisation available to him at the time, Peter was fed musically with a wide array of styles whilst playing with the Highlands’ concert and wind bands, big bands and symphony orchestras for young musicians.

After a successful audition for the National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Scotland; Peter gained tuition and guidance which would influence his approach to making music with others, and deepen his appreciation of music as an art form. During his final years of school, Peter developed a love of Scottish traditional music and co-founded his first group, the Causeway Trio.  Their collective enjoyment of trad spurred them on to write, record and tour together.

Gaining a coveted place to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, Peter had the opportunity to perform alongside many inspiring groups and individuals all over the world.  He became a sought-after and versatile musician in classical, jazz, Scottish traditional and early music. He continues to grow as an artist, harnessing his passion to create true and honest performances of the utmost quality.

How the Award Helped

Peter's Award supported him in his training at the Guildhall, allowing him to focus entirely on his studies and personal development as a musician.

“I am so grateful to the Dewar Arts Awards for helping me fund my living in London. I truly feel that I have the space to grow into the musician I know I am. Thank you.”