When Peter Hawes trained as a carpenter he learned to cut joints so tight and precise that the parts stuck together without glue.
Thirty-plus years later he’s honing his skills to achieve the same quality in his close harmony singing with the Knights.
Peter sings lead – ‘the most important part’ – and always aims to do it with the same accuracy and exactness of pitch as he did cutting and chiselling a mitre joint.
Such precision among the four parts causes chords to ‘lock’ and ‘ring’ – expanding the sound. So-called ‘goose bump’ moments.
Peter recalls his first session with the Knights in 2014. He hadn’t a clue what to expect.
‘Within the first few bars they hit some great chords and that was it – they had me. I was,” he says, ‘hooked’.
Four years later Peter is the section leader of the leads. ‘I don’t readily read music, but it isn’t a problem as we have such great teach-tracks to listen to,’ he says.
Peter is a construction manager for a local building contractor, a long way from his first job making pies.
‘I always practice as I drive my van’, he says, ‘though I occasionally get some funny looks in the summer when the windows are down!’
His favourite Knights’ song: the Beach Boys ‘In My Room’, one of the first songs he ever sang with the Knights.
He says: ‘I really look forward to a Thursday night as I get to do something I really enjoy which also keeps me physically fit and challenges me mentally.’
Peter lives in Prestwood with his wife of 26 years. They have three children.
His other passion – beside family and Barbershop? Cricket. He’s played for the same team for even longer than he’s been married – 38 years, and still not out.