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Of your charity

pray for the soul of


who died on Monday afternoon October 10th 2016

in University College Hospital, London

surrounded by his family and

fortified by the rites of the

Holy Catholic Church

JESU, mercy

MARY, pray


Requiescat in Pace



William Petter was a freelance choral director, tenor and singing teacher based in West London. He began his musical life as a chorister at New College, Oxford, under the direction of Edward Higginbottom.  Whilst  studying  for a degree in Neuroscience at University College, London, he started singing as a tenor, and went on to study as a postgraduate at the Royal Academyof Music, for which he gained the highest award,  distinction with DipRAM.

 William began singing at St Magnus when the choir was formed in April 2005. He took over as Director of Music is November 2011, and has since directed the choir’s CD's, 'Regina Coeli' and 'Inexplicable Splendour'.  William introduced a regular series of events where amateur singers augment the St Magnus quartet to perform larger scale works for special occasions, most notably the Rossini Stabat Mater on Good Friday 2014.  He also directed the amateur chamber choirs Concordia Voices, based in Hampton Hill, and Sine Nomine Singers in Bickley. As a singer, William enjoyed a variety of work as an oratorio and recital soloist, as well as singing  for groups including The  Sixteen, the  Choir of the Enlightenment, Philharmonia Voices, Britten Sinfonia Voices, London Voices, Westminster Abbey Choir, Westminster Cathedral Choir and other London  church choirs.  He also taught singing at Orchard House School and St. Michael and All Angels, Bedford Park, where a splendid Requiem Mass was given in thanksgiving for William and his family, on Tuesday October 18th.  Many of his former friends and colleagues were both present and performed at the Mass.

 In the period before his death, Will continued to emerge as a highly talented composer and one of his works is to be recorded in the near future. Will is survived by his loving wife, Rebecca and their baby Rose, Liza, Hugh and Fr Oliver.


There will be a Sung Requiem at St Magnus on Saturday December 3rd at mid-day. This Requiem is for everyone, especially those from our congregation who would like to pay their last respects to Will.