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Philip O'Connor

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United Kingdom

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Philip’s main musical education began when, aged 13, he moved to Wells Cathedral School, one of four Specialist Music Schools in the country. After achieving grade 8 distinction in both clarinet and organ, Philip switched to singing as his primary study under Isobel Buchanan and Nigel Perrin (a former King’s Singer). During his time at Wells, Philip sang with many choirs and ensembles, in particular Wells Cathedral Choir.

On leaving Wells, Philip was awarded the Tenor Choral Scholarship at Hereford Cathedral where he sang the eight choral services a week. The year culminated in the Three Choirs Festival, which took place in Gloucester.

Philip has recently graduated from Manchester University gaining a 1st in Solo Performance under the tutelage of Andrew Heggie (RNCM). Since his arrival in Manchester he has been the Decani Tenor at Manchester Cathedral with whom he has sung many live broadcasts, most recently the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of the Somme. During his time at University Philip was a member of Genesis Sixteen (The Sixteen’s Young Artists’ Scheme) which is directed by Harry Christophers and Eamonn Dougan.

Philip is now a freelance performer and teacher in the Greater Manchester area and sings regularly with the BBC 4 Daily Service Singers. He is in regular demand as a soloist in the North West and has recently performed Mozart’s Coronation Mass, and Requiem and Bach Cantata 108.

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