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Richard Osborne and Gwyneth Thomas :  Concert, Choral and Opera

Richard is an experienced baritone soloist and choral singer.  Whilst studying Engineering at UCL and NCAE Silsoe in the 1960s, he was also a part-time student at the Guildhall School of Music studying with Arthur Reckless.   During that time he sang in the choir of Hampstead Parish Church and with Hampstead Choral Society, both under Martindale Sidwell, where he met his wife Gwyneth Thomas, also a professional singer (soprano).   Subsequent teachers were Olive Quantrill in Ipswich and Barbara McGuire MBE of Birmingham Conservatoire.

Both Richard and Gwyneth have been professional soloists for nearly forty years, performing with with various choirs and choral societies in East Anglia, the West Midlands and beyond, building an extensive repertoire encompassing the major classical choral works. From the early 1980s until their 'retirement' in 2008, Richard and Gwyneth appeared regularly as soloists for their local choir Alcester Singers, a continuous connection spanning more than 25 years.

As a choral singer, Richard has sung with many small groups, chamber and church choirs.  He was a member of the Aldeburgh Festival Singers in the 1970s, and a regular member and occasional soloist of Birmingham's Ex Cathedra during the 1980s and 1990s, taking part in many concerts, broadcasts, recordings and tours.

Church choir membership since Hampstead has included Ipswich St Mary-le-Tower, St Edmundsbury Cathedral, and Holy Trinity Church, Stratford upon Avon (Shakespeare’s church), where in 1982 he co-founded their Friends of the Music, serving as its first chairman.  In 2005 Richard introduced Plainsong Compline at St Nicholas Alcester, since sung regularly at conclusion of Alcester’s St Nicholas Night fair.

Gwyneth, having attained her ARCM in Suffolk, continued vocal studies full time at Birmingham School of Music with Barbara McGuire MBE, Ingrid Surgenor and Paul Hamburger, graduating with performing, recital, and teaching diplomas.  She was a leading member of the Opera School and won many prizes.  Solo roles have included Micaela, Donna Elvira, The Vixen, Giulietta, First Lady etc.  She has sung with various opera companies including Kent Opera and Mid Wales Opera.

Both Richard and Gwyneth were members of the chorus of Mid Wales Opera from its inception in 1989 until 2001.

Although no longer active professionally, both continue to be involved from time to time in local event management, offering advice from their combined wealth of experience and extensive collection of choral music and from time to time offering vocal help to local choirs.  

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