Peter attended different schools, including a stint at a Swiss school for young gentlemen.
He first began music at the age of four with piano lessons. At nine, he began playing in public with his father's band. He appeared on the then famous TV talent show, "Opportunity Knocks" when he performed as front man of the group, five Beatles songs in three minutes! Unfortunately, this breathtaking rendition did not result in a win
He ran away from home at seventeen to join one of the UK's biggest Dance Hall Big Bands, but was fired for rehearsing in company time with his own group.
He then joined a jazz group and toured Scotland and the US. He was playing in the pubs and clubs in Scotland again when he saw an advertisement for keyboard players in the "Melody Maker" music paper, which turned out to be from Jethro Tull.
Peter joined Tull in 1982 for the recording of the "Broadsword" album and toured with the band extensively for the next couple of years. He also worked with Ian on the solo "Walk Into Light" record in 1983, as well as the next Tull offering, "Under Wraps" in 1984. Having left the JT fold when the band was enjoying a brief few months off in 1985, following Ian's vocal strain difficulties, Peter began a career of his own, writing, arranging and producing. He did briefly work with Tull again, touring in 1986 and recording in 1989 on one occasion as a guest player.
Peter's great talent for zany and impromptu humour has lead him to occasionally go naked in elevators, smoke cigarettes with his "flaccid Tobe" and to feature that same said part of anatomical extremity curled, both placid and flaccid, on the shoulder of an unsuspecting Doane Perry in many a tour snapshot.
In the '80s, he worked with Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Go West, The Pet Shop Boys, The Bee Gees, Foreigner, Carly Simon, and more recently with Simple Minds and Annie Lennox. He is currently engaged on projects with ex-Take Thatter, Gary Barlow and is soon off to the US to work with some big-name American Artists who are so huge, that they can not yet be named!
He is currently signed to EMI and has his own recording studio, Parson's Green, where he writing music for a movie.