Our Friends

Presidents & Patrons

President – Lady Mary Holborow

Vice President – Alan Opie
A Cornish lad, Alan attended Truro School and then studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the London Opera Centre before joining the Sadler’s Wells Opera (now the English National Opera or E.N.O). He became a Principal Baritone there while still a student and made his professional debut as Papageno in a performance with Sadler’s Wells Opera in Liverpool. Since then he has gone on to work with many great opera companies such as the English Opera Group, Metropolitan Opera and Vienna State Opera singing in the leading houses around the world.

In a nation boasting several excellent lyric baritones, Alan Opie stands apart for his large, incisive voice, handsome in sound and sufficiently generous in scale for the rigors of Verdi’s heaviest baritone creations. In addition to his exceptional voice, Opie is an actor of compelling authority in a wide range of roles, stretching from a gallery of Britten portraits to Mozart’s’ Figaro and Don Alfonso. He has been a fulcrum for Chandos Records’ Opera in English series.

Alan agreed to sing with the Cornwall Symphony Chorus as our guest in August 2012 which was a great success. We are extremely honoured that, as a result of that experience, he agreed to become a Vice President of Cornwall Symphony Chorus.

Vice President – John Treleaven
Another Cornish lad, John Treleaven studied in London at the College of Music with William Lloyd Webber among others, and at the London Opera Centre, Covent Garden as well as in Naples under Maestro Campanino. At first he sang primarily in his home country at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the Welsh National Opera, the Scottish National Opera and the English National Opera, where he learned numerous roles such as the Prince in Rusalka. At the Edinburgh Festival he sang the role of Hans in The Bartered Bride, as well as Radames, Erik, Florestan and was heard in Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex. Further guest performances took him to the Adelaide Festival, the Taormina Festival, to Bologna, Amsterdam, Paris and New York.

He is one of the most sought after Heldentenors at the important international opera houses and was celebrated as Stolzing at the Bavarian State Opera Festival in Munich, in Toulouse and in Peter Konwitschny’s production at the Hamburg State Opera. He also has performed at some of the world’s most well-known opera houses with companies such as Vienna State Opera, the Gran Teatro del Liceu Barcelona, the Hamburg State Opera, and, with tongue in cheek, the Cornwall Symphony Chorus at the Methodist Church in Redruth! Obviously we must also have made an impact on John as he also agreed to become a Vice President!

Patron – Bruce Taylor
Bruce lives in Helston and having worked for local and corporate companies, set up his own Marketing & Business Development Consultancy in 2012. His association with music goes back a long time when in the 1970’s, he was the founder Chairman of the St.Keverne Band supporters club. Both his sons (Simon & Andrew) played for the very successful St Keverne Youth and Senior Bands and Andrew now has a professional career in music as he plays for the Central Band of the Royal Air Force.

At the time of his sons playing for the St Keverne Youth Band, Bruce organised a charity concert at the Hall for Cornwall and has subsequently gone on to organise a total of 12 such concerts at the Hall for Cornwall raising many thousands of pounds for local charities and bringing to Cornwall such world famous brass bands as Black Dyke, Cory and Brighouse & Rastrick. Being a compere at these concerts then led him to being invited to compere other brass band, choir and joint band & choir concerts and he has become a popular compere on the concert circuit.

Having compered concerts in the Cornwall International Male Choral Festival, his involvement was acknowledged and he was then invited to become a Board member and was subsequently elected as Chairman of the Festival Board of Directors in 2013. Bruce says, “Music gives an enormous amount of pleasure to a huge number of people and I am delighted to be able to contribute in a small way to this. It has been a real privilege to have been involved with the Cornwall Symphony Chorus and I congratulate Alastair (MD) and all the Chorus on recently celebrating an Anniversary and thank them personally and I am sure on behalf of thousands of people who have heard them perform in that time for the fantastic music and performances that they have given us – long may they continue to do so”. The Cornwall Symphony Chorus are pleased and honoured to have Bruce as an enthusiastic and supportive Patron.


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