Phil began his musical life playing Euphonium in a youth brass band in Grimsby. Some years later, after a year as Trombonist in the National Youth Orchestra, Phil went on to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. During this time, Phil's interest in musical direction within musical theatre became his main focus, and after graduating in 2004, he began to work on productions up and down the country.
After MDing many of the wonderful amateur companies based at the Kenneth Moore Theatre Ilford and working with Time of Our Lives Theatre, Phil became Assistant MD on Bill Kenwright's production of Blood Brothers in 2007. Having kept a long association with the show, Phil returned to Blood Brothers as Musical Director in 2015, and is currently touring the UK with the show!
Other notable work has included working with Tony Award winning writers Maltby & Shire on 'Take Flight' at the Mernier Chocolate Factory, and a workshop recording with Disney legends Richard and Robert Sherman.
As a composer, Phil has written scores for 3 pantomimes - Sleeping Beauty (2008) and Dick Whittington (2009), and most recently, Cinderella with Clifford Oliver. Phil has also written songs for 'Enterprise', and works with Tim Major each year on a show for the Tamworth SnowDome.
Last year he was commissioned, with Danusia Iwasko, to write a new musical for the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds - Labour of Love ran for two weeks to critical acclaim. Following this, their show, Nativity Blues ran in Peterborough last Christmas.
Phil, in collaboration with Clifford Oliver, has recently been in the semi- finals of an international competition for new musical theatre composers. Having come through the first round, where 99 entrants became 12, excepts from their musical 'Brides' were performed live at the Soho Theatre in London's West End.
Phil is also very proud to be Head of Music for the Finch Stage School in Redbridge.