Sopranos

Kate Bennett has performed as a soprano soloist since she was 15, singing opera, operetta, musicals and oratorio in North Wales and Gloucestershire. Previously a student of repetiteur Gerald Wragg in Cardiff, she now studies with professional opera singer Robert Bateman. She has been a regular member of the Cotswold Savoyards and Bel Canto Opera; her favourite roles include Oscar (in a concert version of Verdi's Masked Ball), Adele (Die Fledermaus) and the Baker's Wife (Sondheim's Into the Woods). She has also appeared in plays taking the role of Michelle (of ze resitance) in Allo, Allo, Ruth in Blithe Spirit (both with Cheltenham Operatic and Dramatic Society) and a variety of roles in Alan Ayckbourn's Confusions (with the Ad Hoc Theatre Company). Her most recent play was Calendar Girls. Oratorio roles have included Faure's Requiem, Haydn's Creation, Vivaldi's Gloria, Mozart's Requiem and Elgar's The Kingdom.

Joanne Lucas

Born into a family with a long tradition of singing, Joanne was fortunate enough to attend a remarkable North London Comprehensive where cathedral services were regularly sung. Whilst there she had the opportunity to sing as soloist at Winchester, Canterbury and Norwich.  After a period of study with Cathy Benson at The Birmingham Conservatoire she studied with Penny and Neil Jenkins and regularly attended Master classes with Ameral Gunson and Sarah Walker. She currently studies in Cardiff with Miriam Bowen and has recently sung in a Masterclass for John Mitchinson.  Joanne enjoys singing in a wide variety of styles from Bach to Britten, Handel to Haydn Wood and not forgetting Arthur Young! She also sings with Gloucester Choral Society, The Saint Cecilia Singers and is a member of the Three Choirs Festival Chorus.  Recent engagements have included solo recitals for local charities, Messiah in Leighton Buzzard and Elijah at Tewkesbury Abbey.

Lyn Rimell

Lyn became interested in singing and music when she joined the choir of Kempsey Church at the age of ten. After joining the Worcester Gilbert & Sullivan Society in 1971 she was given the opportunity to sing several solos. In 1976 Lyn became a member of Philomusica and has since sung solo on many occasions. Her repertoire includes the Mozart, Faure, Rutter and Brahms Requiems, several settings of the Mass by Schubert, Haydn and Mozart, Vaughan Williams' Serenade to Music, Haydn's The Creation, Mendelssohn's Elijah, Handel's Messiah, Beethoven's Mass in C, The Spirit of England and The Light of Life, both by Elgar. Lyn has been a guest soloist for Worcester, Malvern and Churchdown Male Voice Choirs and is in much demand as a soloist at weddings. In addition Lyn enjoys performing songs from "The Shows", light opera and operetta. As well as singing with Philomusica, she is also a member of 'One Over the Eight', a vocal ensemble for all occasions. Lyn is currently studying with Linda Parsons and was fortunate enough to take part in Masterclasses with Rae Woodland, the famous British soprano, and Roderick Williams.

Kathryn Skipp

Kathryn was born in Worcester and now lives and teaches in Gloucestershire after some time in Herefordshire; a true Three Counties lady. She has been involved with music all her life; as well as singing she plays piano, flute and recorder. She was, in 1983, the youngest member of the National Youth Choir of Great Britain and has sung in the semi-chorus of the Dream of Gerontius under Vernon Handley in St David's Hall, Cardiff. She sang as a soloist in a celebration concert to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Parry's birth in his own church at Highnam. She is currently studying with John Mitchinson and recently took part in Masterclasses with Sarah Walker and Roderick Williams. Kathryn's solo performances include Vaughan Williams' Sea Symphony, which was part of Philomusica's 900th Concert, Mozart's Mass in C Minor, Haydn's The Creation, and The Angel in Elgar's The Apostles. As well as singing with Philomusica, Kathryn is also a member of the quartet, ‘The Songbards'.

Sam Thomas

Sam has been singing with Philomusica since 2007 having had no previous experience of choral singing. She performed in a number of drama productions locally and was looking for new challenge in the world of entertainment. A few terrifying consorts and solos later Sam has now established herself as a regulas soloist. Sam sings frequently in assembly at the school where she works and, as a consequence, the staff and childrenhave clubbed together so she can have lessons with Linda Parsons.

Janet Lanigan

Janet started singing school and the church choir of St Michael and All Angels, Bishops Cleeve. She sang with the Cheltenham Bach Choir before leaving to serve in the Women's Royal Navy Service. During her 8 years in the Wrens she sang in choirs in Portsmouth, the Naval College, Dartmouth and a small ensemble group, The Tapestry Singers in Dartmouth. After leaving the Wrens Janet moved back to Gloucestershire in 1995 and joined Philomusica in 2009.

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