Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Nature Leads to Music

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Nature Leads to Music

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CANOEING on the Tully River seems an unlikely activity to lead to the revelation you were meant to be a musician, but for Peter Rankine it was a life-changing experience.

"The beauty of the early morning sounds and the calls of birds transcended even the beauty of the light, and the seed was planted to my working in music."

Peter had a big interest in Celtic folk music and took up the flute when he finished school, and in 1980 was studying science at Townsville's James Cook University.

"Then I heard the Sydney String Quartet playing music by Bartok and I lay awake all night and realised I had to study music.

"I moved to Brisbane and studied flute and then composition at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music and Queensland University."

Peter wrote his first orchestra piece and several ensemble pieces as a student, and when he graduated he began work immediately as a freelance composer.

He married Margaret Young, a public health physician, and in January 2005 Margaret was offered a job in Bundaberg. …

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