Peter Butterfield


Peter grew up in Victoria and studied Economics and Music at McGill University, Montreal. He made his professional debut as a tenor soloist in Handel’s Messiah with the Montreal Symphony in 1982.  Peter moved to Europe in 1987 and continued his vocal studies and the building of his solo tenor career in Manchester, Florence and London. His professional choral experience includes membership in the Tudor Singers, Winchester Cathedral Choir, Bayreuth Festival Chorus and the Monteverdi Choir conducted by Sir John Eliot Gardiner. As a soloist, Peter has taken part in concerts and festivals throughout Europe and in Korea, the USA and Japan. In Canada he has been a featured soloist with the Vancouver

 Symphony, the Toronto Symphony, Vancouver Opera, the Victoria Symphony and Tafelmusik, among others.

Peter began conducting alongside his singing in 1995, and was associate conductor of I Solisti del Madrigale in Florence for several years. He has performed as a tenor soloist and led choral retreats and workshops on the West Coast since moving back to Canada from Europe in 2001 and was Music Director at St. Helen’s Anglican Church, Vancouver from 2002-2012. Peter founded and directed VancouverVoices (2003-2012) and was appointed Music Director of the Victoria Philharmonic Choir in 2009. Highlights with these two choirs include performances of Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 and Bach’s St. Matthew Passion and Mass in B Minor.

Peter teaches Senior Choral Music at St. Michaels University School. He is married to mezzo-soprano Sarah Fryer; their daughter Rosanna is a cellist with The New World Symphony Orchestra in Miami, and their son Felix is in grade 10 at SMUS.