Peter Bowman founded the European Recorder Teachers’ Association (ERTA) (UK) in 1992 and was active in establishing the umbrella organization, ERTA (International), to which he was elected chairman in 2009. As a performer, Peter is equally at home working with both early and contemporary music. He performs regularly with Kathryn Bennetts in the UK and abroad, and together they have commissioned, premiered and recorded many new works for recorder duo, creating an entirely new repertoire for the genre of recorder duo. Composers who have written for them include Gavin Bryars, Nicola Lefanu, Roderick Watkins and Hans-Martin Linde.
A particular focus of the duo has been the use of microtonality and projects to extend this work have included “The Quarter-tone Recorder Manual” (Moeck Ed. 2084), and a CD of Donald Bousted’s quarter-tonal tour de force “Journey Among Travellers” (1998). The initial work to develop dedicated fingerings for quarter-tones on the recorder has been adapted over the last fifteen years for other microtonal possibilities: third-, sixth- and eighth-tones, as extensively used in the compositions of Michael Wolters.
Regular performances and radio broadcasts have enabled their work to be heard throughout the UK, Europe and the USA.
Peter has been teaching recorder at Canterbury Christ Church University since 1992. He gained his doctorate in 2014 with his thesis “Microtonality and the Recorder 1961-2013: Repertoire, Tone Colour, and Performance.