Thanks for visiting the Peter Aston website and welcome to the (slightly late!) October 2020 update. Autumn has arrived with a vengeance in many areas and, as the leaves turn golden and red, we're still enjoying some warm days here in Dorset. Although slowly and cautiously we're starting to emerge from the live music lockdown, most of my live performances have been either postponed or cancelled altogether. It was great, however, to lead a service with live music in the New Forest during September. 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 re-opened our church buildings in a limited way in September. and we're hoping to return to some form of 'live' services during November although we'll continue to stream these services as well. 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 October 2020
Most 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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Although most of my musical events have been postponed or cancelled due to the Coronavirus lock-down, some have been rebooked either for later this year or for 2021 - so watch this space for details!