“The Lords Taverners hold fundraising charity cricket matches involving well known cricketers and celebrities. A fundamental part of the matches is the commentary and advice given by the PA during the matches.
Peter Tomlinson has excelled at this for many years and has recently had a new lease of life and is contributing significantly to The Lords Taverners cricket matches with well researched and witty information and commentary, which adds immensely to the atmosphere and gives great pleasure to the players, sponsors and spectators.”
Roger Oakley,Chairman - Lord's Taverners Cricket Committee
"Just a note to thank you for an excellent After Dinner speech. Quite a few Old Boys went out of their way to speak with me after the proceedings and comment on your performance. You have a wonderful 'natural' style, no doubt honed over the years in your capacity as a broadcaster"
Honorary Secretary of Holly Lodge and James Watt Old Boys Association
"Peter Tomlinson is the M.C. par excellence for the West Midland Light Orchestra. His depth of background knowledge of our repertoire is breathtakingly comprehensive, regularly coming up with points of interest that even the most veteran of musicians may not know, keeping the audience absorbed, and all presented in a friendly and informal style. His technique of presentation is flawless and always contributes to a smooth running, relaxed and entertaining concert."
M.D. West Midland Light Orchestra
"Just a short note to thank you for being my guest spaker in my Presidential year.
You captivated an audience of nearly 100, aged between 17 and 97 (!!), for over half an hour with stories of your various roles in life. The presentation was obviously delivered by a seasoned professional with a sense of humour and a twinkle in his eye - spot on for the audience. A subsequent Executive meeting reported positively on the whole event, and in particular your contribution.
What was even more welcome on the evening was that you stopped after the formal part of the event, and were still chatting to attendees for at least an hour (that's when I left !!)"
Randal Brew, OBE
Former Lord Mayor of Birmingham and President of Old Nortonians
"Peter has been the Master of Ceremonies for the Music for You annual charity concerts for the last 19 years. He is the ‘glue’ which holds the show together, making it a coherent whole. Without him, the concerts would consist of four discrete performances with no continuity between the artists. Peter’s enthusiasm makes the evening come alive for everyone, audience and performers alike.
Every year, I am always impressed by Peter’s professionalism. He is never fazed by the many pieces of paper thrust into his hands at the last moment – vital items of information which he weaves seamlessly into his words of introduction, welcome and entertainment. I know he carries out extensive research in preparation for the evenings. Yet he is also flexible, capable of keeping the audience while any unforeseen hitches are dealt with.
Peter is calm, never lost for words and makes the audience feel involved, quickly creating an enjoyable atmosphere and making everyone relaxed, ready to be entertained. He is a great raconteur with a wealth of stories to tell. He is never boring! He has the capability to deliver just what is needed. Having seen him at Music for You and at other occasions, I know that he can perform as an MC in a supporting role or as the ‘star of the show’, providing a focus for achieving the objectives of any event."
Organiser, Music For You concert