Musician and Music Writer
He is a Fellow of Trinity College, London - FTCL - the London College of Music - FLCM - the Victoria College of Music (with Honours) - FVCM (Hons) - and the National College of Music - FNCM - in Piano Performing,
Philip is a Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music - LRAM - the Guildhall School of Music - LGSM - and an Associate of Trinity College, London - ATCL - in Piano Performing.
He is also an Associate of the Royal College of Music - ARCM - in Piano Teaching, where Philip also took, and was successful in passing the Special Harmony Paper.
Philip holds a Bachelor of Music (Honours) - BMus (Hons) - degree from the University of Durham, and is a Graduate of the Royal Schools of Music - GRSM - (with Distinction in the Written Papers), where his extended essay on The Romantic Piano Concerto received critical acclaim.
He has a Postgraduate Certificate in Education - PGCE - from the University of Exeter, where his research into 'Musical Ability and its relationship with Mathematical & Linguistic Ability' formed part of the award. Philip also holds a Certificate of Professional Development (RSA).
Philip holds a Licentiate of Trinity College, London - LTCL (GMT) - in General Musicianship for Teachers.
In December 2007 he became an Associate of the London College of Music - ALCM - in Jazz Piano (Performing), attesting to his all-round ability and expertise.
In July 2017 he became an Associate of the Royal Schools of Music (with Distinction) - ARSM - in Piano Performing.. While this newly-introduced Diploma essentially bridges the gap between Grade 8 and the DipRSM (ABRSM), or ATCL (Trinity College, London) and, as such would be seen as at an inferior level to those qualifications Philip has amassed over the years, he felt it important to enter, especially as he has progressively had less reason to keep his piano-playing at a high level, something he came to regret, and for which this new Diploma provided the ideal stimulus and motivation.
Philip also feels that keeping abreast of current performing practices can only have a beneficial effect on his teaching, and gives him a vital lead in knowing exactly what students will expect, when being entered for the same exams,
He took his ARSM in the small town of Ashburton, on the south-southeastern edge of Dartmoor, in the attractive, and welcoming Exam Centre below.
In December 2006 Philip was awarded a Fellowship in Music of Trinity College, London - FMusTCL - in Music Theory, Criticism and Literature, for his Dissertation on, and London Presentation of The Piano Writing & Formal Structure in the Piano Concertos of John Field (1782 - 1837), and their subsequent Influences. The research originated from a book (unpublished) on the Concertos, which Philip had previously contributed to the Reference section of Plymouth Library Service.
Philip also holds the Teacher's Certificate of the Society of Recorder Players.
In January 2010 Philip gained the Diploma in Freelance Journalism from the British College of Journalism.