Raymond Kinsey


His (Kinsey's) runs are almost faultless.  He takes top A's and B flats, loud and soft, flawlessly, and safely and his diction is excellent.  There is in this boy's voice a dark, rich colour and a beauty of texture that are quite excellent.  The same applies to his breath control.  His style is characterized by a degree of natural feeling that has the similtude of a passion which we know cannot be real in a boy.   Gramophone, May/July 1933

The other two boys in the great Manchester triumvirate of soloists were Gordon Carter (featured in O for the wings of a dove on volume one) and Raymond Kinsey.  Little is known of either boy other than that they were trained, as Bonner was, by Mr. A. W. Wilson, who was appointed by Dean Johnson to rejuvenate the choir.  It is fitting that Kinsey's records are taken from Mr. Wilson's private collection.

Additonal notes from Volume Five

`If all boy soprano records were as good as H.M. V. C. 2556 by Raymond Kinsey, they would be really welcome. This is a brilliant record. The choosing of suitable songs is a `sine qua non' and `Rejoice greatly' and `Let the bright seraphim' are suitable for boys who are, as Kinsey is, equal to them        He has an unusually bright timbre to his voice.... The only possible criticism is some of his pronunciation. His runs are almost perfect and easy. In `Rejoice' there are several cuts in the orchestra.'           C.M. Crabtree, Gramophone, May 1933

 Nothing is known of Raymond Kinsey beyond his association with Manchester Cathedral. He was the last of the pre-war soloists to make records.

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