Peter Gould was born in Portsmouth in 1952. He studied piano and cello before going to the Royal Academy of Music in 1970, where he gained his Associateship of the Royal College of Organists (ARCO) after only ten lessons on the organ. He also won prizes for harmony, choir training and organ accompaniment.
From 1975, he was assistant organist at Wakefield Cathedral.
In 1983 moved to Derby on his appointment as Master of Music at Derby Cathedral, where he created a traditional cathedral choir of boys and men. In 1997 he founded the Cathedral Girls' Choir.
He is a well-known leader of musical life in Derbyshire, having organised major charity concerts, cycles of concerts attracting large audiences and an annual summer series of organ recitals with international class soloists.
A selection of M&V articles about Peter Gould
Ensemble. Repetitive Chugging - Mike Wheeler comes face to face with Orff's Carmina Burana
Fire and Energy - Peter Gould provides a compelling end to Derby Cathedral's summer organ series, heard by Mike Wheeler
Ensemble. Triumphant Climax - Five organists at two organs open this year's series of Derby Cathedral organ recitals, heard by Mike Wheeler
Ensemble. Restrained Intensity - Mike Wheeler drops in on the City of London Sinfonia's Fauré Requiem tour
A Challenging Listen - Peter Gould at the organ of Derby Cathedral, heard by Terence Bennett
Ensemble. On Confident Form - Derby Cathedral Choir marks the royal jubilee, heard by Mike Wheeler
Ensemble. Intelligent Phrasing - J S Bach's 'St John Passion' at Derby Cathedral, reviewed by Mike Wheeler
Ensemble. Sorcerers and Apprentices - Collaborative organ performances at Derby Cathedral by Peter Gould, Tom Corfield, Christopher Johns, Ben Bloor and Sachin Gunga delight Tony Westerman
Ensemble. Unfailingly Musical - Mike Wheeler listens to Handel's Messiah from Derby Cathedral
Majesty, Moment and Control - Ben Bloor's concluding recital for Derby Cathedral's 2010 summer organ series impresses Tony Westerman
A Vigorous Account - Peter Gould at the organ of Derby Cathedral, heard by Mike Wheeler
Ensemble. Buoyancy and Lyricism - Derby Cathedral Choir celebrates four composer anniversaries, reviewed by Mike Wheeler
Highly Effective - Peter Gould helps celebrate the seventieth anniversary of Derby Cathedral's Compton Organ, as noted by Mike Wheeler
Ensemble. Shining Confidence - Derby Cathedral Choir's performance of Handel's 'Messiah' invigorates Mike Wheeler
Ensemble. Four Heroes - Mike Wheeler enjoys a multi-player organ recital
Multi-tasking - Peter Gould plays the organ at Derby Cathedral, reviewed by Tony Westerman
Ensemble. Brahms and Jazz - Organist Peter Gould joins forces with The Swingle Singers, reviewed by Mike Wheeler
Ensemble. Commitment and Energy - Derby Cathedral Choir sings Mozart, reviewed by Mike Wheeler
Rhythmic Bounce - Peter Gould at the organ of Derby Cathedral, enjoyed by Mike Wheeler
Ensemble. Enjoyably feisty - Derby Cathedral organ recitals by Ian Hare, Sophie-Véronique Cauchefer-Choplin, Peter Gould and Jonathan Gregory, David Briggs, Simon Bell and David Johnson, reviewed by Mike Wheeler