Music has been a major part of Freya's life since she joined her primary school's choir where she grew up in Dudley. As well as singing with her secondary school and sixth form choirs, Freya sang with Summerhill Choral Society, performing a wide repertoire in regular concerts as well as annual musical theatre productions. The choir joined forces with others to appear on Songs of Praise at Birmingham Town Hall and the Royal Albert Hall. While studying at Durham University, Freya was a member of St Chad's College Choir, singing multiple times a week in the College chapel, regular choral evensong services in Durham Cathedral, and participating in tours across the UK, Rome and Prague. The repertoire of the choir included English sacred choral music and Renaissance polyphony. Freya joined Philomusica in 2016 when she relocated to Gloucester, and also enjoys other musical engagements including the Bisley Benefice choir. text >>
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 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 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 has been singing with Philomusica for 10 years, having had no previous experience of choral singing. She had performed in a number of drama productions locally and was looking for a new challenge in the world of entertainment! Sam loves the stress-busting therapy of weekly rehearsals as well as the thrill of live performance. Solos for Philomusica have included Handel, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Vivaldi, Haydn and Chilcott.
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.