Peter Guy has been the principal double-bass player of the FSSO (previously the Pacofs orchestra) for more than twenty years. Peter has twice been nominated for Bloemfonteiner of the Year, received the Music Achiever of the Year in Johannesburg, a Centenary Medal from the University of the Free State, Awards from the Premier of the Free State and most recently the Friend of Heidedal Award. All recognition has been due to the success of the Mangaung String Programme.
He received his Bachelor of Music Education from Illinois State University and his Masters in Music Performance from the University of Illinois.He spent five seasons at the Aspen Music Festival where he studied under Stuart Sankey. He began his professional orchestral career with the Spokane Symphony Orchestra in the USA. In 1985 he took up the principal double bass position with the Natal Philharmonic Orchestra in Durban. In 1991 he moved to Bloemfontein to pursue a teaching career as well as continuing to perform with the Free State Symphony Orchestra. His former pupils now perform with the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra, the Kwa-Zulu Natal Philharmonic, the Cape Philharmonic, as well as those studying in the USA and England.
In 1997 he started the Mangaung String Programme, which targeted historically disadvantaged communities in the greater Bloemfontein area. The progamme began at the Bochabela Primary School with 15 pupils and has grown to over 400 pupils. In 2009, the progamme expanded to include the rural Xhariep District. The public face of the MSP is the Bochabela String Orchestra, which Peter also conducts.
This group made up of the best of the MSP has performed widely throughout South Africa. They recently returned from a month long tour of Austria and Belgium. They have just completed a CD of many of their popular African arrangements.