Peter is the recipient of two major awards for his next major research project relating to Queensland’s cultural heritage. He is the 2022 winner of the Lord Mayor’s Helen Taylor Research Award for Local History. Valued at $20,000, this award provides funds towards both the research and publication of some major outcomes. In addition, Peter has also been nominated as the Fryer Library Honorary Fellow at the University of Queensland. This is only the third time this position has been awarded.

Peter is now in the process of documenting and evaluating the legacy of Mayne Hall. For 30 years from its opening in 1973, it was one of our major cultural venues. Mayne Hall was clearly much more than the University of Queensland’s ‘great hall’ for graduations and other institutional events. The project came to fruition during the vice-chancellorship of Sir Zelman Cowen. The eminent local architect Robin Gibson was commissioned to design this groundbreaking modernist building. Since 2005 the building has been re-purposed as the UQ Art Museum’s gallery and renamed as the James and Mary Emilia Mayne Centre. The fiftieth anniversary of Mayne Hall approaches in 2023. It is therefore timely to document the huge diversity of events that were held there. It is also important to capture the memories of those who experienced performances at Mayne Hall, either on stage or as an audience member.

Peter’s project will culminate in the publication of his sixth book. Like his 2021 monograph on Brisbane’s Albert Hall, this will be a major contribution to the story of our local cultural heritage. An exhibition highlighting Mayne Hall’s contribution as a public venue is also being planned. This will feature photographic images accompanied by audio extracts from the oral history aspect of this project. Peter welcomes any memories and memorabilia from those who knew Mayne Hall as a major venue.

2012 Crossbows Festival with pianist Peter Roennfeldt

Milestones and Miniatures is the title of Peter’s next chamber music recital. The performance takes place at the Basil Jones Orchestral Hall of Queensland Conservatorium GriffithUniversity, 140 Grey Street South Bank, on Sunday 29 May at 3pm. Bookings open now at QTIX The program features Peter’s Streicher piano, which was built in Vienna in 1843. […]


Rediscovered Voices is the title of Peter’s first concerts for 2022. Soirées Musicales presents two performances of this program, on Friday 13 May at 7.30pm and Sunday 15 May at 4pm. The Chambers at Somerville House in South Brisbane provides the ideal venue.

This ensemble’s performances are distinctive for the combination of elegant music and fine heritage venues. Accordingly, audiences greatly appreciate the synergy of music and architecture from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The group, comprising four singers and pianist, is also well-known for both its creative thematic programming and engaging presentation style.

Music by women composers from France, Germany, America and England is the focus of this special program. Though duly acknowledged during their lifetimes, each has been neglected until relatively recently. Nadia and Lili Boulanger, Fanny Hensel-Mendelssohn, Amy Beach and Liza Lehmann each forged a unique creative path, against the odds of patriarchal dominance in the arts and society.

Soirées Musicales Quintette performs songs, duets, vocal quartets and piano pieces composed between the 1830s and the outbreak of World War One. Most of these works have not been previously heard in Brisbane concerts. The ‘Nonsense songs from Alice in Wonderland’, a song-cycle for four voices based on Lewis Carroll’s renowned fantasy novel, will be a particular highlight.

For more information, check out the ensemble’s website – bookings open now through 4MBS Ticketing. Tickets are available for Friday 13 May and Sunday 15 May 2022.