Players Biographies

GEOFF OSWALD (Flute)   This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is flute.jpg    
A retired dentist, he taught himself to play the flute at the age of 13 and has since studied with David Haslam and more recently with Judith Hall. He has played  in various groups and orchestras in Tyneside, London and Cornwall. Geoff plays with the Restormel Concert Band, and was principal flute in the Cornwall Chamber  Orchestra for 18 years. As well as music, he spends his time with the Open University, plant propagation, walking, birdwatching, cricket, and charity work with the Lions Club.
Malcolm began playing the oboe after he found his grandad’s instrument in a cupboard at home in Oxford. After Magdalen College School he went on to study oboe, singing and piano at the Royal College of Music. He taught classroom music in Shropshire, Exeter and Powys, later becoming a woodwind peripatetic, and then an oboe reed maker in Shropshire. He has lived in Cornwall since 1987, and worked full time with the music service until 1995. Now a part-time reed maker, he and his wife, Marilyn, live in Truro. God is the source of their lives.They have 3 married children.
Born in Winchester. After playing the violin for 13yrs Patrick joined the 9th 12th Lancers band as a clarinettist. Early studies were at the Royal Military School of Music and later at the Royal Academy of Music in London with John Davies and Jack Brymer. He was a member as principal with the London Concert Orchestra for 21 years. Since moving to Cornwall in 1996, he has been involved in all aspects of musical life, playing with the Duchy ballet, Duchy opera, Cornish Sinfonia, principal clarinet with the Plymouth Symphony Orchestra, the Estuary 3 Trio and, until recently, teaching for the music service.
IAIN VOSPER (horn)     
Iain was introduced to the horn aged 8 by his aunt and is self taught: there were no horn teachers in Cornwall in the 1950s and 60s. Educated at Penzance Grammar School, Leeds University, where he read Arabic and English and played water polo, and Cambridge University, where he read international relations and played the horn. He has played in orchestras, bands, shows and chamber groups from Riyadh to Perth. Iain retired from the Royal Navy after 38 years’ service in 2004 and now occupies himself attempting to civilise his children, walking the dog and playing the horn as much as possible.
LYN AYTON  (bassoon)     

Lyn started to play the bassoon at school in Norfolk when she was 15. She graduated from the London College of Music having studied singing, piano and the bassoon. After working as a peripatetic woodwind teacher in Hampshire she moved to Cornwall in 1978 and joined the Cornwall music Service. Lyn plays for the Three Spires Orchestra, Penzance Orchestral Society and Cornwall Chamber Orchestra. She also enjoys playing for choral and operatic societies. Listening to music is an important pastime, string quartets and opera being particular favourites.


  1. Hi – I’m writing to ask if your Patrick Saunders was same who taught me clarinet in Ealing in the 1970s. If so, I’d like to say huge thanks for your teaching, which I really enjoyed at the time and, looking back, massively now appreciate. Stephen

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