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Peter Skellern

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Peter Skellern died aged sixty-nine at Lanteglos-by-Fowimage of Peter Skellerney in Cornwall, UK. on 17th February 2017 from a brain tumour. He was survived by his wife Diana, his son: Timothy, his daughter: Katherine and four grandchildren.
In October 2016, it was revealed that Peter had developed an inoperable brain tumour and that he had fulfilled a lifelong calling to be ordained in the Church of England. Under a special faculty from the Archbishop of Canterbury, he was ordained both as a deacon and priest on 16th October 2016 by the Bishop of Truro.
Peter Skellern was born on 14th March 1947 in Bury, Lancashire, United Kingdom. He attended Derby High School and studied piano at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Peter Skellern's first charting hit song was 1972's "You're a Lady". The record featured the Congregation, who had previously recorded the top ten hit "Softly Whispering I Love You". "You're a Lady" reached number three on the UK Singles Chart and number fifty in the United States Billboard Hot 100. Success for Peter Skellern followed three years later with "Hold On to Love" which reached number fourteen on the UK chart. He also sang the theme song to the London Weekend Television series Billy Liar . For three years in the 1970s he worked on BBC Radio 4's Stop the Week. A non-charting song, "Too Much I'm in Love", did get some radio play.
In 1978 Peter Skellern had a minor hit with the 1930s Ray Noble song "Love Is the Sweetest Thing", which featured backing by the Grimethorpe Colliery Band, winning the Music Trades Association award for best middle of the road song. This followed his departure from Island Records after his previous album, Hard Times, had failed to chart despite a guest appearance by George Harrison.
In 1981 Peter Skellern wrote, composed and performed in a series of musical playlets for the BBC called Happy Endings. Two years later he hosted the Private Lives television chat show. He wrote the lyrics for the song "One More Kiss, Dear" from the film Blade Runner.
In 1984, Peter Skellern performed the theme song for the London Weekend Television programme Me and My Girl. In the same year, he formed a group with cellist Julian Lloyd Webber and singer Mary Hopkin. The group released an album caqlled Oasis in 1984 on the Warner Bros. Records label which earned a silver record. The group performed live on television, but a planned concert tour was cancelled when Mary Hopkin became ill.
In 1987, Peter Skellern wrote and performed the theme music and song for the Yorkshire Television series Flying Lady.
Petr Skellern provided the voice of Carter Brandon in the BBC Radio adaptations of Peter Tinniswood's Uncle Mort's North Country a show which was produced by Pete Atkin.
Peter Skellern collaborated with Richard Stilgoe in cabaret and in musical comedy with comic songs such as "Joyce the Librarian". They released three live albums; A Quiet Night Out, By the Wey and Who Plays Wins.
Toward the end of his career Petr Skellern wrote pieces of sacred choral music, including "Waiting for the Word" which was written for the BBC's Songs of Praise programme of 19th August 2001, Six Simple Carols and The Nativity Cantata written for a Hemel Hempstead choir, the Aeolian Singers. The work was first performed by them in 2004 and was later recorded.

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song: 'Still Magic' by Peter Skellern