GERARD Peters, a Catholic baritone from New Zealand, is touring the coal mining areas with Wilfred Pickles, Since September he has been touring with Wilfred Pickles and his fellow-Catholic Barney Colehan in the "Have a Go " programme, providing the preliminary concert with Violet Carson.
Born of Irish parents, he is now a parishioner of St. William's, Bradford.
He received his basic vocal training from a nun, a noted professor of singing. Sister Mary St. Hugh, of the Notre Dame des Missions, New Zealand, who recently visited London and the mother house. the Sacred Heart Convent, Wealdstone.
Gerard Peters specialises in Irish ballads and has appeared in many Sr. Patrick's Day concerts. He is well known to Blackpool and Southend-on-Sea summer audiences, and has appeared with most of the leading concert orchaatras.
While a parishioner of St. Michael's, East Ham, he sang for the new Bishop of Leeds. Mgr. Heenan, in one of his overseas broadcasts for the Forces.
Mr. Peters is married and is the father of two young sons and four daughters " something to sing about and for." He met his wife through her brother, Fr. Bernard Kavanagh. parish priest of Raglan, New Zealand,