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Philip Wilcox

Bass-Baritone

Phil studied at the Thomas Hardye School in Dorset where he began his vocal training and sang with the Chapel Choir (dir. Peter Oakes). Following this he took a gap year in which he performed regularly with choirs, often as a soloist, travelled Southern Ireland with his accordion playing and studying traditional music, and appeared frequently on the Dorset jazz scene.

He has performed in many of the country's grandest cathedrals as part of a choir and has performed as soloist in Haydn's Nelson Mass, Victoria's Requiem, Grieg's Salmer, Weill's Mahagonny Singspiel, Handel's Messiah and Samson, William Lloyd-Webber's The Saviour, Monteverdi's Vespers, Cavalli's Vespers, Brahm's Requiem.

Phil obtained a BA (hons) Degree in Music Studies at Leeds College of Music majoring in vocal performance and composition and taking minor electives in improvisation and conducting. He studied singing with German Baritone Christian Immler and took part in the Opera Studies modules co-ordinated by Jane Anthony and Marion Raper. On graduating LCM Phil won the Douglas Robinson memorial prize for opera and continues to study singing with Paul Nilon.

In addition to his work with St. Peters Singers, Phil currently sings, often as a soloist, with the Leeds Guild of Singers (dir. Graham Coatman) who perform a wide spectrum of music from early polyphony to premiering new choral works by contemporary composers, and with Ecclesia, a young choir formed by recent graduates of Leeds University and College of Music.

Operatic roles include Il Conte di Almaviva and Papageno in Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro and The Magic Flute; The Earl of Dunmow in Berkeley's A Dinner Engagement and Peter in Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel, Klunker in Suppé's Zehn Mädchen und kein Mann and Der Zar in Kurt Weill's Der Zar lässt sich photographieren.

Recent engagements have included solo, choral and small group concerts in and around the Leeds/Yorkshire area, performances of Handel's Messiah and Passion of Christ, Howard Goodall's Eternal Light: A Requiem, Bach's St John's Passion, Haydn The Creation, Monteverdi's Vespers 1610, Edward German's Merrie England and a performance of Mozart's Requiem in his home county, Dorset. Future engagements include a recital at the Hexham Abbey Festival and performances of Bach's Cantata 140 and St Matthew's Passion with St Peter's Singers.

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