Thanks for visiting the Peter Aston website and welcome to the November 2020 update. Just as we thought that live music and worship were cautiously starting to emerge from the lockdown, restrictions have had to be re-introduced. So (at least for this month anyway) we're back in the position of there being no opportunities for live music or worship. All of my live performances have been either postponed or cancelled altogether although, thankfully, some events (mainly weddings) have been re-arranged for next year when hopefully things will have returned to something a bit more like normal. I'm continuing to record my programmes 'Forest Folk' and '33 and a Third' from my home studio and I'm also enjoying the wonders of Zoom to enable the sharing of virtual church services each Sunday and for virtual family get-togethers. At Holtwood Methodist Church we're also continuing to stream virtual services on our Facebook page which is:-
We had re-opened our church buildings in a limited way in September and had just started streaming 'live' services when the lockdown was reintroduced - but, never fear, we will be back! I'll keep this website and my social media pages up-to-date with the latest news and, in the meantime, do continue to try and follow the scientific advice.
If you're visiting this site for the first time, a quick introduction - I'm Peter Aston, a Christian singer/songwriter and worship leader based at Holtwood Methodist Church which is a welcoming, evangelical church in an idyllic location near Wimborne, close to the south coast of England. As a member of HMB I also play guitar, sing and help to lead services at churches in and around Dorset The HMB flautist Becky Neale and I also give concerts in our local area - and occasionally much further away!
I'm delighted to present two programmes for Forest FM92.3, based in East Dorset. 'Forest Folk' is on air at 8.00 on Mondays, the programme streams at www.forestfm.co.uk and you can also listen-again from Tuesdays at www.mixcloud.com/ForestFolk/ And then on Friday evenings at 7.00 I present '33 and a Third' which is an hour of classic and rarely-heard album tracks. Again this programme is streamed and is also available to listen-again on Mixcloud.
I'm also the caller/guitarist/singer for the Cottage Industry ceilidh band, a solo singer/songwriter and a medieval wandering minstrel known as Master Peter of Fayrewood. As a solo entertainer I appear at many retirement homes and day centres and for charitable and other events, singing everything from war-time sing-along classics, through the 50's & 60's pop songs to traditional and original songs.
For the past few years I've also been doing my thespian bit as a member of the 'Open the Book' Team which takes dramatised, costumed and propped (if that's a word!) presentations of Bible stories into local 1st Schools - a tremendous privilege!
Dates for November 2020
8 November - Leading the worship songs for Verwood Big Breakfast Zoom Service (9.30)
All of my live events have been postponed or cancelled due to the Coronavirus precautions but do check here regularly for any updates.
To find out more about what I get up to please click on the banner at the top of this page - hope to catch up with you somewhere down the road!
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20 December - 'Carols around the Tree' on the lawn at Holtwood Methodist Church (6.00)
All my other musical events have been postponed or cancelled due to the Coronavirus lock-down although some have been rebooked for 2021 - so watch this space for details!