Philip was born in Lancashire and took tutelage from Rachael Clegg at Chethams School of Music. He then went on to study at the Royal Northern College of Music with Melinda Maxwell and Rachel Pankhurst. Whilst still 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. During his time at the RNCM Philip won numerous prizes including the Cronshaw Lancaster Prize for Wind, Evelyn Rothwell Oboe Prize and a Henry Wood Scholarship. After which he moved to London to study a Masters of Music at the RCM studying with Christopher Cowie.
As a keen chamber musician, Philip has performed with many chamber groups in venues across the UK and other venues across Europe. With this passion for chamber music he is also a tutor on several Wind Ensemble courses including the Malvern Winds, Wind Ensemble Retreat in Yorkshie and Dartington International Festival.
As part of the Atéa Wind Quintet, who are the Associate Ensemble in Residence at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Philip has recently become an oboe tutor at the Conservatoire getting to work with some fantastic young oboists. The Quintet were previously Artists in Residence at the Purcell School and double prize winners in the 2015 Carl Nielsen International Chamber Music Competition. The group are very thankful for the support of the Tunnell Trust, Live Music Now and the Kirckman Concert Society schemes, with whom they gave their Wigmore debut in 2015.
With a passion for new music, Philip is also a member of the award winning ‘Riot Ensemble’ whom primary focus is new music which has taken him across the UK around Europe and beyond. Philip has recently worked with such orchestras as the Orchestra of Opera North, Hallé Orchestra, Birmingham Contemporary Music Ensemble, Den Fynske Opera in Denmark, London Mozart Players, Orchestra of St Johns and the London Musical Arts Orchestra.