One-time zoologist and National Otter Surveyor of England, Philip hung up his waders to study singing with Barbara Robotham at the Royal Northern College of Music, graduating with distinction in 2008. He is a Samling Scholar, a Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme alumnus and a Crear Scholar. He continues to have lessons with Robert Dean.
He regularly performs in concerts and recitals across the UK, mainland Europe and beyond. In the last few years he has performed in Poland, Malta, Spain and France and more recently in Dubai. In the UK he has performed at many of the major festivals with pianists including Roger Vignoles, Joseph Middleton and Dominic Harlan. He has broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and has recorded Tit for Tat (Britten) as well as a few of Britten’s unknown childhood songs with Malcolm Martineau. Recent oratorio performances include The Creation (Haydn), Requiem (Fauré), B Minor Mass (Bach), Belshazzar’s Feast (Walton), Five Mystical Songs (Vaughan Williams), A Child of Our Time (Tippett) and Petite Messe Solennelle (Rossini).
Philip has a thriving operatic career in addition to his recital work and he appears in houses across Europe. As well as working with many of the major opera companies in the UK, he has been invited to perform at the Cantiere Internazionale d'Arte, Montepulciano, twice and made his European house principal debut in 2012 as Sid in Albert Herring (Britten) for Royal Danish Opera in Copenhagen. Last year he sang Junius in The Rape Of Lucretia (Britten) in Florence, Reggio Emilia and Ravenna, Italy.
Future engagements include Papageno in Italy, Don Giovanni in Guildford and work at Polish National Opera as well as concerts at the Sage Gateshead and the Wigmore Hall.