John York Skinner:
John has been involved in Cathedral music for much of his life, being a boy chorister at York Minster and later a member of the choirs of Westminster Abbey and St Paul's Cathedral. He is currently Director of the Llandaff Cathedral Girl Choristers.
A graduate of London University, John had a varied singing career ranging from renaissance music with the Consort of Musicke to solo roles with many leading opera companies including La Scala, Milan and Royal Opera House. He was a frequent broadcaster and made many recordings.
As a teacher he was a professor of singing at the Royal College of Music, Director of Music at Denstone College, and Principal of the Bermuda School of Music. He is an examiner for the Associated Board.
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Peter started his musical career as a boy chorister at Gloucester Cathedral and after completing his masterís degree in piano performance at Canterbury Christ Church University then studied singing at Trinity College of Music.
Peter has performed extensively on the opera stage and concert platform throughout the UK and Europe. His concert work as a soloist includes Mendelssohn's 'Elijah' and 'Samson'. Mozarts Requiem' and 'C Minor Mass'. Bach's B Minor Mass and Matthew Passion.
His many operas include Mozart's 'Magic Flute' in which he took the part of Tamino. He has toured with the English Touring Opera and is a member of the Welsh National Opera.
John Reynolds, GRSM ARCM LRAM:
John won a scholarship to the Royal College of Music in London, where he studied with Thea King and Colin Bradbury, and won many college prizes. He was also the recipient of an award at the Royal Overseas League Competition. As a freelance musician, John played for all of the BBC Orchestras and was Principal Clarinet in Kent Opera under Sir Roger Norrington.
John has held teaching positions at the Guildhall School of Music and at Chethams School of Music in Manchester, and he was Director of Woodwind Studies at the Royal Northern College of Music prior to his appointment at RWCMD. He is a senior moderator, trainer, examiner, and consultant for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.