Philip Lancaster is emerging as a composer of profound and original voice. He finds particular inspiration in literature and poetry, growing out of his work as an academic, singer and occasional poet.  Philip’s songs have been performed at the Ludlow Weekend of English Song, St. Marylebone Festival, Song in the City, and elsewhere, by performers including Soraya Mafi, Marcus Farnsworth, Libby Burgess, Iain Burnside, and Gavin Roberts.  His major chamber oratorio, War Passion, was premiered at the 2016 Gloucester Three Choirs Festival.

Recently completed works include a Lenten motet for unaccompanied 8-part choir, We are but dust, and an extended canticle for soprano and piano, Miriam’s Exile, written in collaboration with poet Euan Tait.  At present Philip is collaborating with poet John Greening on a song cycle, The Poplar, for tenor and violin. 

As an editor, arranger and orchestrator, Philip’s work has been performed internationally, broadcast, and released on CD. At present he is completing and orchestrating a major post-war cantata by Ivor Gurney, Anthem of Earth.


Philip Lancaster