Philip is a prolific composer and arranger. Take a listen below to just a few examples of his music, ranging from choir to chamber music to full symphony orchestra.
Jane Austen Suite
Jane Austen Suite was composed in 2014 and received its first performance the following year. It was written in homage to the author, of whom the bicentenary of her death will be commemorated by numerous events in 2017.
Advance performances of the suite have been warmly received by Austen fans and serious musicians alike in the heart of Jane Austen Country.
Full of musical fun and well within the range of experienced amateur players, the Suite is inspired by female characters from each of Austen’s novels, including the unfinished Sanditon.
Scored for piano, violin, cello, clarinet and flute, with very short introductory spoken passages for voice, the piece lasts about 20 minutes. It provides an ideal vehicle for musicians who may like to express their admiration for an author whose sales worldwide are now second only to those of Shakespeare – and which are likely to rise even higher in 2017!
Hear some short extracts from Philip’s Jane Austen Suite, performed on this recording by a mixed group of professional and amateur musicians – all of whom are from Alton and the villages around Chawton.
Philip’s very popular Jane Austen Suite had a fitting and highly significant performance at St Nicholas Church in Steventon on Saturday 10 June, as part of the many events taking place around the world to mark the bicentenary of the author’s death.
Listen to a selection of the movements, recorded live from this Steventon concert, below!
For details of how to purchase the full score and parts for just £35 in the UK (worldwide GBP40), please contact Philip here.
The Ride To Avalon
King Arthur was the legendary British leader of the late 5th and early 6th Centuries who, according to medieval histories and romances, led the defence of Britain against Saxon invaders.
After the battle of Camlann, reputed to have been the final battle of King Arthur – in which he either died or was fatally wounded fighting his enemy Mordred – he is taken to the Isle of Avalon, a place of wonder and magic, where he can recover from his wounds.
This music is an imagination of that journey.
This song setting of Tennyson’s poem was composed for Constanza Chorus and their conductor Joanna Tomlinson.
This was recorded live at the first performance at St Sepulchre-without-Newgate in London on 16.10.2013.
Shooting The Breeze
This was intentionally written as light orchestral music, after recently completing several more intense pieces.
Its inspiration was embracing the lighter and less formal side of music, as something enjoyable to play and listen to. It was composed in early 2013.
This gentle elegiac piece features the flute, guitar and strings.
It slowly evolves yet remains tranquil throughout, evoking a sense of peace and relaxation.
The Rose Garden
The fourth movement from Philip’s highly successful Chawton Suite. This piece is a feature for solo cello and piano, and is representative of the Jane Austen Bicentenary Rose Garden at Chawton House Library, who commissioned Philip’s music in 2012.
Chawton Suite (in five movements) was first performed in St Nicholas Church – adjacent to Chawton House – in September 2013.
Since then it has been performed at a concert in Jane Austen House Museum in Chawton in July 2014 and was given a London performance in August 2014 at St Paul’s Church, Covent Garden.