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Mr Philip O'Connor
Mr Philip O'Connor

Biography

Philip’s main musical education began when, aged 13, he moved to Wells Cathedral School, one of four Specialist Music Schools in the country. During his time at school Philip played for the School's Cathedral Services and played in many ensembles including playing the Wind Symphonia which he was conducted by Phillip Scott playing Michael Colgrass's Winds of Nagual.

After achieving grade 8 distinction in both clarinet and organ, Philip switched to singing as his primary study under Isobel Buchanan and Nigel Perrin (former King’s Singer). During his time at Wells, Philip sang with many choirs and ensembles, in particular Wells Cathedral Choir.

On leaving Wells, Philip was awarded the Tenor Choral Scholarship at Hereford Cathedral where he not only performed the eight choral services a week, but also performed in J. S. Bach’s St Matthew Passion and the Three Choirs Festival in Gloucester. During his time at Hereford he taught Music Theory to the Choristers of the Cathedral and also accompanied the School's Cantible Choir which won the Senior Choir Competition at the Eisteddford Festival in Wales in 2013.

Philip then moved onto Manchester University to read Music where he was taught by Andrew Heggie (professor at the RNCM). Since his arrival as a student in Manchester he was the Decani Tenor at Manchester Cathedral which has done many live broadcasts, most recently the 100 Anniversary of the Battle of the Somme. During his time at University Philip was a member of Genesis Sixteen (The Sixteen’s Young Artists’ Scheme) which is directed by Harry Christophers and Eamonn Dougan.

Philip is now a freelance performer and teacher in the Greater Manchester area and sings regularly with the BBC 4 Daily Service Singers as well as Manchester Cathedral Choir. He is in regular demand as a soloist in the North West and has recently performed the solos in Bach’s St John Passion with Manchester Cathedral Choir, Beethoven’s Mass in C major with Salford Chorus Society and Howard Goodall's Every Purpose Under the Heaven with Bradford Festival Chorus Society.

Contact Philip

Address: Woden Street
Salford
Greater Manchester
M5 4UE
Phone: 07939624641
Mobile: 07939624641
Fee (30 minutes): £10.00
Fee (60 minutes): £20.00

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