Peter Bateman studied Classics at Cambridge before becoming a peripatetic horn teacher in Derbyshire. He was both eccentric and erudite forming and conducting the Derby Symphony Orchestra. He had many horn students and often wrote horn ensemble pieces for special occasions. He was also a talented arranger but as he seemed to have command over an extremely wide range on the horn he often wrote parts at both extremes of the register making some of his arrangements quite challenging! He set up several performances of Schumann's Konzertstück Op.68 for four horns and orchestra - some of the lineups including then budding pros such as Mike Purton and Dave Lee alongside capable amateur players like John Snell and Bill Lewis.
Peter Bateman was also a Methodist Lay Preacher - he died very unexpectedly in his sleep.