From an early age Philip Herbert’s talent for music was nurtured by his parents, and later at the Yorkshire College of Music, where he was awarded a scholarship to further develop his musical studies at the piano, with the late Dr. John Foster, and Irene Ingram. He later went on to complete a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education at King Alfred’s College, Winchester, and later to read music at postgraduate level at Andrews University, Michigan USA. He also gained piano teaching and piano performing diplomas from the Royal Academy and Royal College of Music respectively.
Philip has studied the piano with such teachers as Diana Owen, Guy Johnston, John Owings and the late Kendall Taylor CBE. Owing to his passionate interest in choral music and music for solo voice, he was awarded a Graduate Assistantship enabling him to work as accompanist to the late Dr. Harold Lickey, the Head of Vocal studies at Andrews University: who taught singers at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, as well as being the director of the choral ensemble - The Andrews University Singers.
Philip also went on to study Choral conducting with the late Simon Johnson, Assistant Chorus Master to the Philharmonia Chorus.
He was recently elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Philip has taught music at all educational levels, as well as making music through composing, performing as a pianist and conducting. He has coordinated master classes, workshops and concert series; as well as devised courses and community projects for young people and adults, with creative and interactive contributions from some of Britain’s finest musicians, across an eclectic range of musical genres. He has also been involved in projects that have been broadcast on BBC Radio 2, 3 and 4 as well as BBC TV.