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 was fortunate enough to be a ‘spear carrier’ for several years with Welsh National Opera, back in the last century. Although apparently 'always singing' he only sang again in public, after a long break, when a new choir was started at his children's high school Hanley Castle in Worcestershire. Since joining Philo nineteen years ago he has benefited from singing a wide range of music and now sings most things from show songs through to opera. Phil has taken part in staged productions with Belcanto Opera and now with Opera Worcester. He also sings with 'One over the Eight' a group of soloists and accompanist who 'sing for their supper' performing a mixed repertoire, often for charities. Recently he has sung solo in Goodall’s Eternal Light, Schubert’s Mass in G and taken part in a master class with renowned British tenor John Mitchinson. Phil was spectacular as the "Roasted Swan" in this highly demanding role in Carl Orff’s 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 and playing 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. He studies with Linda Parsons and has also benefited from a master class and tuition by the distinguished tenor, John Mitchinson. Recent solo engagements have included Bach's Magnificat; Bob Chilcott’s Requiem; 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 Petite Messe solennelle. Since 2001 John has been a regular contributor of reviews of classical CDs and concerts to the website MusicWeb International.com.