Double Bass

As well as my main instrument the saxophone, I play double bass. I originally took up the instrument with the aim of playing with a classical orchestra and I joined the double bass section of the excellent EMG Symphony Orchestra in 2013. I played with the orchestra until 2016 and studied classical playing with several teachers including David Heyes and Yuri Goloubev. Since then I have concentrated on playing jazz bass and have gone on to gig with a number of excellent Southwest musicians including guitarists Kyle Norgate and Jesse Molins, pianist Matt Johns and multi-instrumentalist Marius Rudnick. I’ve performed  at Calstock Arts, Ashburton Arts and other venues with cellist & pianist Peter Tamblyn playing both double bass and saxophone on these gigs. I am the house bass player at Red Pendulum Jazz, my new jazz night at Exeter Phoenix. I have started playing with EMG Symphony Orchestra again and will be in the bass section for a performance of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, Debussy’s La Mer and Ravel’s Menuet Antique at Exeter Cathedral on 13th April 2019.

I presently have a new double bass under construction.

Kyle Norgate guitar & Pete Canter double bass, Butterleigh Inn Sept 2017


Pete with Finnish double bassist Teppo Hauta-aha shortly after playing Pete’s original composition Koivu ja Kataja. Photo courtesy of Katrien Bos



EMG Symphony Orchestra in concert The Great Hall, University of Exeter Nov 2014. Photo courtesy of Nigel Cheffers-Heard & Paula Fernley


Jazz, double bass, Devon U.K.