Philip Lancaster is emerging as a composer of profound and original voice. He finds particular inspiration for his works in literature and poetry, growing out of his work as an academic, singer and poet. In January 2014 Philip was awarded a Finzi Scholarship by the Finzi Trust to embark upon the composition of a major chamber oratorio, a War Passion, the completion of which was subsequently commissioned for performance at the 2016 Three Choirs Festival. This major 68 minute work, scored for soloists, choir, and 14-piece ensemble, was premièred on 24 July 2016 in Cirencester Parish Church as part of the festival.
Philip’s song, A Noiseless Patient Spider, is to be premiered at the Ludlow Weekend of English Song in May 2017. At present he is writing a Lenten motet for unaccompanied 8-part choir, We are but dust, and a canticle, Miriam’s Exile, written in collaboration with poet Euan Tait. Immediate plans include further canticle collaborations with Euan, and a work for string orchestra, Exultation.
As an arranger and orchestrator, Philip’s work has been performed at festivals around the country, broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and released on CD. At present he is completing and orchestrating a major post-war cantata by Ivor Gurney, Anthem of Earth.