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Phillips, Peter (conductor)
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Peter Phillips (conductor)

Peter Phillips was born in 1953 in Portsmouth, in the south of England, moving from there to nearby Winchester and Oxford in pursuit of an education. At Winchester College he had his first experience of conducting Renaissance polyphony—Victoria’s O magnum mysterium. At Oxford he was Organ Scholar of St John’s College, and had a chapel choir of undergraduates with which to experiment. This led to the founding of The Tallis Scholars in 1973, and to the beginning of a career which has grown into nearly 2,500 concerts and seventy albums, largely dedicated to polyphony.

Since then he has encouraged the performance of Renaissance music all over the world. His close relationship with El León de Oro, which began in 2012, is proof of his sense of this mission. In 2017 he was made Director Honorífico of LDO, alongside their chief conductor Marco Antonio García de Paz. In addition to eighty concerts a year with The Tallis Scholars, he continues to pursue this mission with Intrada of Moscow, the BBC Singers, the Nederlands Kamerkoor, the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, and the Danish National Vocal Ensemble.

In recent years Peter has commissioned a number of contemporary composers to write music that suits choirs specializing in polyphony. Among these have been John Tavener, Eric Whitacre, Gabriel Jackson, Alexander Campkin, Nico Muhly and Matthew Martin. He has also formed a special relationship with Arvo Pärt. In addition to conducting, Peter writes and broadcasts. He recently concluded a six-programme series for BBC Radio 3 entitled The Glory of Polyphony.

In 2010 Peter was made a Bodley Fellow of Merton College, Oxford, where he was instrumental in setting up a new choral foundation. In 2005 he was made a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Minister of Culture.


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