Phil has recently moved to London to study with Alex Ashworth and Audrey Hyland at the Royal Academy of Music where he has appeared as Kalenik in the RAOpera production of May Night (Rimsky-Korsakov) and Liberto (cover) in L’Incoronazione di Poppea (Monteverdi); as Rambaldo in scenes from La Rondine (Puccini) and as Minskman in scenes from Flight (Dove); given recitals at The Wigmore Hall and Marylebone Parish Church; performed in a public masterclass with Dennis O’Neill; and delivered education projects at Hackney Empire, RAM Museum and Glyndebourne. He is grateful to be supported by the Josephine Baker Trust.
Phil has appeared regularly as an oratorio soloist, recitalist and professional chorister throughout the country performing as soloist for works such as: Messiah (Handel); Carmina Burana (Orff); St Matthew, John and Luke Passions (Bach) and Elijah (Mendelssohn). He was born in Dorset and attended the Thomas Hardye School where he began his vocal training and sang with the Chapel Choir. He obtained a BA (hons) Degree in Music Studies at Leeds College of Music studying with Christian Immler and Jane Anthony and went on to study with Paul Nilon.
Phil has sung in the Chorus of Buxton Opera Festival and covered the roles of Capellio in I Capuleti e i Montecchi (Bellini) and Don Fernando in Leonore (Beethoven) for their 2016 season. He has performed several roles with 'Young Opera Venture' including The Count in The Marriage of Figaro and Papageno in The Magic Flute (Mozart). Phil has been a Lay Clerk for the cathedrals of Bradford and Manchester and performed with the BBC Singers. He has delivered education programmes for Opera North, Hull University, Leeds Lieder + and NHS training Academy and has directed choirs for Leeds Beckett University, Music in Offices and Bradford Academy.
When not teaching or singing, Phil enjoys playing the piano accordion at sessions and folk festivals and walking out in the open.