PHILIP COLLS, Musical Director of The Cappella Singers since 1981, is a native of Yorkshire.

After training as a teacher he began to study with the counter-tenor Geoffrey Mitchell and sang successively with the choirs of Carlisle and Peterborough Cathedrals: at Peterborough he studied with Stanley Vann.

In 1980 he was appointed by John Sanders as a lay-clerk at Gloucester Cathedral, a post he held until December 2012.
For many years he also sang with The Saint Cecilia Singers.

He holds singing diplomas from the Royal College of Music and Trinity College of Music; the degree of Bachelor of Music from London University; and that of Master of Arts from Bristol University, where he specialised in the editing and performance practice of Early Music.

For many years he taught Music and French at the High School for Girls, Gloucester, and Music at Rendcomb College Junior School.

Philip enjoys travelling, visiting Museums and Art Galleries. When at home, he spends most of his time in the kitchen - or attempting to solve crossword puzzles.

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