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Me and my health: Singer Peter Corry on his lifestyle

 

By Stephanie Bell

Singer, musical producer and director Peter Corry is about to go on tour with his new Irish and Scottish music production, The Call of the Celts, which will play six nights in Northern Ireland when it launches at Theatre At the Mill in Newtownabbey on February 22 before touring Holland. Peter (52) is due to marry his fiancee Fleur Mellor this June.

Q: Do you take regular exercise - and if so what?

A: I have been playing tennis for the past two years but developed tennis elbow and haven't been on the court for the last five months. I enjoy competitive sports and games. I am not one to go to the gym or just running for the sake of it. I like something that is fun or has a competitive edge to it.

Q: What's the worst illness you have had?

A: I have been very lucky not to have any illnesses other than the odd flu and cold. I did fracture a bone in my leg when I was 15. I got knocked down by a car going from badminton to the sweet shop on the Ormeau Road in Belfast.

Q: How healthy is your diet?

A: I try to eat everything in moderation. Recently I have started to try and store my food in glass jars rather than plastic containers. Everything I have read about plastic has put me off using it so I have gone back to the old-fashioned way of storing food. I also try to buy organic fruit and vegetables when I can. Last year I went through a phase of eating no meat. It wasn't because I wanted to be a vegetarian but because the meat was dominating the plate and I wanted to concentrate more on the vegetables. I didn't miss the meat and have introduced it gradually back into my diet. I love fish and shellfish as well and would eat that quite often.

Q: Any bad habits?

A: Chocolate is my big weakness. I eat it every day. My favourite is Milka. Bizarrely, I don't like desserts and would never order one in a restaurant unless they have panna cotta, then I have to have that. I put chocolate in the freezer and when I am having a cup of tea I would break a bit off. I love biscuits with my tea as well although recently I have stopped taking milk in my tea. I drink a lot of milk and decided to try and cut back. I don't miss it in my tea.

Q: Do you drink and/or smoke - if so, how much?

A: Thankfully I have never smoked. I enjoy sharing a bottle of wine with my dinner about three nights a week, and I would have the odd gin and tonic.

Q: Do you take any health supplements?

A: No.

Q: How do you take time out?

A: Usually by cooking. I enjoy having friends round and cooking for them. We also enjoy bingeing on a box set. I don't have any hobbies. I am lucky that I love my work and I am a bit of a workaholic. People know me as a singer, but I am also a producer and director and when I am not touring I would work most days until 7pm or 8pm producing or putting something together.

Q: How well do you sleep?

A: I sleep very well, usually by listening to the radio which drives Fleur mad. I would find the most boring music playing on BBC iPlayer and put it on. I don't wear headphones as they aren't comfortable and Fleur has no choice but to listen too. It gets me over to sleep and I always sleep all night.

Q: Do you worry about getting old?

A: I don't worry about it. I've found the older I get the happier I am and if it continues like that then I won't have anything to complain about. There isn't a lot you can do about it and the way I look at it is better to have the chance to get old than not.

Q: What is your go-to product/habit that keeps you feeling healthy?

A: Working with young people. In my roles as director and producer, I work a lot with young people and even my shows as well. I also am artistic director of the biggest performing arts school in the province and over the summer months we usually work on two big projects. Working with young people all the time, you get a great energy and positivity and I love it.

  • Peter Corry: The Call of The Celts, Feb 22, Theatre at the Mill, Newtownabbey, 7.45pm. For further info go to www.theatreatthemill.com or tel: 028 9034 0202

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