Phil was born in York in 1957 and took up trombone when he was 12 years old. He studied with Terry Nagle at the Royal Northern College of Music, before becoming a founder member of the Opera North Orchestra, in Leeds, as 1st trombone in 1978 (aged 21).
Since then he’s held positions with the Halle Orchestra and the CBSO (principal) and he has worked with all the top orchestras in London and the UK.
Phil’s interest in composition began at school, but until recently he’s had little time to do anything about it. He is currently specialising in pieces for brass, but he is open to offers for commissions for any other instrumental combinations.
Apart from composition, Phil’s interests include reading, gardening, DIY and philosophy.
He is currently enjoying a freelance career as a trombonist, coach, conductor and as a teacher with a specialist youth performing arts service.