Philip had his first experience of singing in the choir of the thousand-year-old church at Worth in Sussex, and before leaving school he became choir master there and organist of another local church. Philip studied music at the University of York and sang countertenor in the choir of the city’s gigantic Minster. By the time he moved to London, however, he had switched to baritone, and spent three years as a freelance singer, working mainly with the BBC Singers (alongside future King’s Singers colleague Bob Chilcott) and the choir of St Paul’s Cathedral (behind present King’s Singers colleague, chorister Paul Phoenix!). His connections with the King’s Singers continued when he joined the choir of Salisbury Cathedral in 1982 where one of the choristers at the time was Simon Carrington’s son Jamie, and the annual Southern Cathedrals Festival brought him regularly onto the same platform as Winchester Lay Clerk David Hurley! For over ten years, until he took over Simon’s job in the King’s Singers Philip was a schoolteacher in Salisbury and ran several choirs and a business selling new and secondhand music. He also built up a catalogue of compositions, which consists mainly of church music, but which also includes jazz arrangements, musicals and now, of course, arrangements for the King’s Singers. Philip lives in a village near Salisbury with his wife Lizzie and their three daughters Sophie, Amy and Georgia.
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