Players Biographies

GEOFF OSWALD (Flute)      
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 ANDREWS (oboe)    
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.
PATRICK SAUNDERS (clarinet)  
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.
JANE FLETCHER  (bassoon)     
A graduate of Dartington College of Arts, Jane has lived and worked in Cornwall since 1970. She taught music and English at secondary level and then spent a period as peripatetic woodwind teacher before becoming a full time wife and mother. Later she ran a private kindergarten before rejoining Cornwall music as the first music consultant. She has recently retired from her position of headteacher, which has allowed her to enjoy more time playing in orchestras and wind ensembles in Devon and Cornwall. She lives on the Roseland with her husband and three dogs.

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