Early piano lessons with Marjorie Bush subsequently led to him studying keyboard at Huddersfield Polytechnic, also gaining L.T.C.L. in 1995 after study with Andrew Dean.
His choir training activities have involved being Director of Music at Rochdale Parish Church since 1990, following similar appointments in Middleton and Oldham; he regularly acts as accompanist to a variety of groups in the Manchester area.
Under his direction Choral and Orchestral concerts have been undertaken at the Parish Church including a centenary celebration in 1996 of the music of Sir Edward Bairstow, in collaboration with Dr Francis Jackson of York Minster.
Cathedral visits with local choirs have taken place including Lichfield where music composed by Philip was sung: he has written music for choir, solo voice, organ and in several other genres.
Apart from ‘things musical’ he works at Manchester University Library, and is married with three teenage children.
In his ‘spare’ time a practical interest in Ecclesiastical Embroidery has resulted in many commissions, including Vestments and Banners; he is also an authority on academic dress and his ‘History and Development of Academical Dress at Manchester University’ has recently been published.