Peter Butterfield leads the Victoria Philharmonic Choir, VancouverVoices and VancouverVoicesYouth.
Peter grew up in Victoria and studied at McGill University, Montreal. Since his debut as tenor soloist with the Montreal Symphony in 1982, he has been performing internationally. 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 choral background includes the contrasting environments of treble at King's College, Cambridge with Sir David Willcocks, to the Bayreuth Festival Chorus, to the Monteverdi Choir, with Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
Peter began conducting alongside his singing in 1995, conducting various groups in England, where he was based, as well as being Associate Conductor of I Solisti Madrigale in Florence for 5 years. He has extensive experience in a wide range of the opera, choral and solo repertoire. After living away from Victoria since 1977, Peter moved back to the West Coast in 2001, when he was appointed Music Director of the Vancouver Cantata Singers. He established VancouverVoices in 2003, VancouverVoicesYouth in 2006 and became Music Director of the Victoria Philharmonic Choir, in 2009.
Peter also teaches Senior Choral Music at St. Michaels University School.