Philip was born in Chester in 1979 and went on to study at Jesus College, Cambridge, to read Natural Sciences, but then went to the Royal Academy of Music to study composition with Philip Cashian, where he was awarded the DipRAM diploma and the Manson Fellowship in Composition. He took masterclasses with Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Simon Bainbridge, Dominic Muldowney, Paul Patterson, amongst others.
In the last 2 years Philip’s commissions have included Ensemble 10-10 of the RLPO (ANIMA), Endymion (Fight music), Bregenz Festival in Austria for Ensemble LUX (In America et ego), the BBC Singers for SPNM (Thalidomide), the BBC Symphony Orchestra for SPNM (Ora) and the Black Dyke Brass Band for the Deal Festival (Lullaby, for solo Euphoniumist David Thornton and Brass Band). Other works have been written for and performed by the London Symphony Orchestra, the London Sinfonietta, the BBC Singers, the Canterbury Sounds New Festival, Rambert Dance Company, the Cheltenham International Music Festival, the QuantumLoop Animated Film Festival and the Spitalfields Festival.
Philip has also worked on many projects with amateur and young musicians, including the Royal National Theatre’s Street Genius project, several CoMA ensembles, the South London Jazz Orchestra and the 2004 Cage: UnCaged festival at the Barbican Centre, and the Sound Census project with Endymion. In September 2009 he created an installation and performance of Music for Amplified Toy Pianos by John Cage at Kings Place in London.
As a conductor, he has studied with Christopher Austin, Denise Ham and Rodolfo Saglembini. He founded and directed Sequenza, and he directed the Hammersmith and Fulham Youth Orchestra for 2 years where he piloted an on-going partnership with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. He is the Artistic Director of the critically acclaimed British chamber ensemble Endymion.