Peter Wright was born in Hertfordshire. He was educated at Highgate School and then spent two years as Organ Exhibitioner at the Royal College of Music, studying with Richard Popplewell (Organ) and Angus Morrison (Piano) and gaining various prizes and diplomas. In 1973 he went to Emmanuel College, Cambridge, as Organ Scholar where he continued his organ studies with Dame Gillian Weir and with Flor Peeters in Belgium.
Since November 2020 Peter has been Interim Director of Music at Ripon Cathedral, having previously held the position of Organist and Director of Music at Southwark Cathedral for 30 years, where he is still an Honorary Canon. Much in demand as an organ recitalist and choral conductor, both here and abroad, he enjoys a wide and varied repertoire. He has travelled widely in Europe, Japan and South Africa, recently returning from a tour of Australia and New Zealand, and plays regularly with the country’s leading orchestras, both solo and continuo.
Peter Wright is a trustee of the Nicholas Danby Trust which seeks to support young organists of outstanding promise by awarding scholarships and bursaries for conservatoire study within Europe. In May 2011 he was awarded the prestigious FRSCM, in recognition of his work at Southwark and for church music in general, and he is also an Honorary Fellow of the Guild of Church Musicians. Now a Vice-President of the Royal College of Organists, Peter Wright became a member of the Council in 1990 and was Chief Examiner from 1997 before becoming President (2005-2008).