Peter Wilson BEM will now take on the honorary role of High Sheriff for the County Londonderry.

Now retired, Peter was renowned as a talented music teacher who shared his enthusiasm and passion for music with people of all ages. He has lived in the Coleraine area for over 20 years and through his work with Coleraine Community Choir and Counterpoint Choir(pictured above) and also Coleraine Grammar School he has contributed to building a strong choral community in the area. Peter taught music at Friends’ School, Lisburn and was later appointed Head of the Music Department at Portadown College. His work with combined schools choirs, which he took on tour to the USA including a performance at The White House, saw him awarded a BEM in 2019 for services to Community Cohesion in Northern Ireland Through Music.

Outside of music he is a volunteer with many groups including Victim Support at Coleraine and Antrim Courts.

At the ceremony in the Council Offices hosted by the Mayor, Councillor Ivor Wallace, Peter was accompanied by his wife Sheena. Also in attendance was Lord Lieutenant Alison Millar who described Peter as ‘a modest man, contributing quietly and effectively to the town and County and I look forward to supporting him in this year long, historic role.’