Musician’s song a week for charity

Peter Falconer

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A FUNDRAISING musician put pen to paper and succeeded in his bid to write a new song a week throughout 2011.

Hartlepool-born songwriter Peter Falconer showed off his creative flair and recorded the 52 tracks throughout 2011, all in aid of Parkinson’s UK.

The challenge, which Peter admitted was a lot more gruelling than he expected, was in memory of his great-uncle Jeff Torrington, an award-winning novelist.

Jeff contracted Parkinson’s in his 40s, but battled against the condition amazingly.

His book, Swing, Hammer, Swing! was named as Whitbred Book Of The Year in 1992.

Sadly Jeff lost his life in May 2008.

Peter, 29, a professional musician who grew up in Seaton Carew, but now lives in London, wanted to show his support for Parkinson’s UK and decided upon his quirky songwriting challenge.

“It was a lot harder than I thought it would be,” admitted Peter, who is married to Jess, 31, a personnel officer.

“During the day I teach and then I’m gigging on an evening, so I had to find the time to write all of these songs.

“I actually wrote the last two on New Year’s Eve finishing just before midnight, then I just collapsed onto the sofa.”

Peter set himself a fundraising target of £1,000, but has already eclipsed that goal.

He has raised £1,122 and with fundraising set to continue until the end of this month, he admitted he would love to reach the £1,500 mark.

Peter, whose parents, Angie and Pete, live in the West Park area of Hartlepool, is now looking forward to the upcoming year and said he would love to release a selection of the 52 songs on an album.

“Some of the songs really do mean a lot to me,” he added.

“They are close to my heart and they represent how much this challenge meant to me.

“The feedback I have received has been wonderful and to be supporting a charity which means so much to me makes it even more special.

“I have had interest from publishing companies and there will be an album put together in the spring, so hopefully people will continue to support me.

“I would like to thank everyone who helped me through the challenge, especially my wife Jess who was a huge support.”

To support Peter visit www.songaweek2011.com