Philip was born in Lancashire and recently finished a Masters of Music at the RCM under the tutelage of Christopher Cowie and John Anderson. Prior to this he studied at the RNCM with Hansjörg Schellenberger, Melinda Maxwell and Hugh McKenna, and also took Cor Anglais lessons with Rachel Pankhurst. His pre-undergraduate education took place at Chetham’s School of Music for two years under the guidance of Rachel Clegg. He has had the opportunity to perform in masterclasses with Celia Nicklin, Stephane Rancourt and Rainer Gibbons.
As a keen chamber musician, Philip has performed with many chamber groups in venues across the North West, London and Scotland.
He is currently a member of the Atéa Wind Quintet whom have performed at venues such as Linton Parish Church, David Joesfowitz Recital Hall and Colchester University, where they also gave a masterclass to the woodwind students. In January 2008 he played an active role in the RNCM Mozart festival, performing in both Mozart wind octets. As an orchestral musician, Philip has given concerts with the RNCM/RCM Symphony Orchestra, also playing in the opera production of Eugene Onegin, The Magic Flute, The Bartered Bride and Die Fledermaus. Whilst at the RNCM Philip had the rare opportunity to record a premiere of Edwin Roxburgh’s oboe trio – Shadow Play, with the renowned oboist Paul Goodey.
In 2007 he was awarded a place on the Hallé Access Scheme which gave him an opportunity to work with the Hallé Orchestra at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester. 2010 saw Philip gain a place on the the LSO/BBC Symphony Orchestra Side-by-side scheme working with the players of both orchestras for a year.
In 2006 Philip was invited to tour Spain as a soloist performing Belini’s oboe concerto with the Lancashire Students Symphony Orchestra, of which he was a member for 8 years.
Philip has recently worked with such orchestras as the Orchestra of Opera North, The Beumont Ensemble playing at St Martin in the Fields and gained the Principal Oboe position in the London Musical Arts Orchestra. He was also recently appointed the second oboe of The Symphony Orchestra of India whom he tours with twice a year. He has played with charity orchestras such as the Charities Philharmonic and the CLIC Sargent Symphony Orchestras at venues around London.