Tim started singing in church choirs in East Anglia at an early age and was Head Chorister at All Saints, Hartford. This choir joined others on a regular basis and Tim sang in both Ely Cathedral and Kings College Chapel under Sir David Willcocks and on Songs of Praise. Tim sang as a tenor with St Ives Choral Society but, upon leaving to go to Portsmouth Polytechnic to study engineering, singing somehow became side-lined for over 20 years. In 1997 however Tim joined St Peters School Choir and was "persuaded" by his co-tenor, the Philomusica Chairman, to join us. Tim now runs a carpentry business, based at Prinknash Abbey, making church and domestic furniture and joinery. Tim says "Because of the lack of neighbours there, I have been known to practice during working hours in an attempt to catch up on the lost singing years". Tim's business goes from strength to strength including a commission from St Matthew's, Northampton, a church famous for its commissions, which is now able to boast works by Henry Moore, Graham Sutherland and Tim Jeffree. Tim studies with Linda Parsons
Phil started singing with the church choir in his home town of Penarth in Wales, where he was head chorister until the age of fourteen. Since that time he has been a passionate opera fan and has seen every production mounted by Welsh National Opera over the past forty years. Although apparently 'always singing' he only sang again in public ten years ago when a new choir was started at his children's school Hanley Castle in Worcestershire. Since joining Philo seven years ago he has benefited from singing a wide range of music and now sings most things from show songs through to opera. Phil also sings with Belcanto Opera and 'One over the Eight' a group of soloists and accompanist who 'sing for their supper' performing a mixed repertoire, often for charities. Phil was a spectacular as a "Roasted Swan" in this highly demanding role in Carmina Burana.
John Quinn was born in Halifax, West Yorkshire. Initially his chief musical interest lay in playing the bassoon in a number of orchestras. He also played in ‘the pit' for a number of shows. So his orchestral activities ranged from contemporary music by Harrison Birtwhistle - which he regarded as an "interesting experience" - to The Desert Song! He took up singing seriously when he joined Philomusica on moving to Gloucestershire in 1987 and he has been Chairman of Philomusica since 1990. He now receives singing tuition from Linda Parsons and also benefited from taking part in a master class conducted by the distinguished tenor, John Mitchinson. Recent solo engagements have included Bach's Magnificat; Elgar's Light of Life; Howard Goodall's Eternal Light. A Requiem; Gounod's ‘St. Cecilia' Mass; Haydn's Creation; Mendelssohn's Elijah; Mozart's Requiem; Rossini's Stabat Mater; and The Crucifixion by Stainer. As well as singing with Philomusica, he is a member of the quartet, The Songbards. Since 2001 John has been a regular contributor of reviews of classical CDs and concerts to the website MusicWeb International.com