Philip Lancaster is a composer, a leading textual and critical scholar specialising in early twentieth century music and poetry, a solo baritone and consort singer, and an occasional poet. He was lately British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Exeter and is a recent Finzi Scholar. Please explore this site to find out about the various facets of Philip's work.

Latest News

• New Words for New Music (January 2018)
Philip has launched a Crowdfunder campaign through which he hopes to raise commission fees for two poets to be set to music. Euan Tait has already provided the words which Philip is setting at the moment — a Canticle for soprano and piano, Miriam’s Exile; and John Greening is to provide new poems for a song cycle for tenor and violin, titled provisionally The Sighing Poplar. If you would like to find out more about this, or perhaps even make a donation towards the projects, please visit Thank you.

• New Works (Autumn 2017)
Philip’s recently completed Lenten motet, We are but Dust, is now arrived from the printers, and will be available through this website soon. Also in the pipeline is the score of Philip’s recent seasonal piece for two-part trebles and string quartet, Aubade for Christmas Morning. Please do get in touch if you would like to see either of these works. With the coming of the Autumn, Philip has been able to return after several months to his first canticle collaboration with Euan Tait, and has also begun drafting ideas for his long-planned work for string orchestra, Exultation.

• Singings and speakings, Autumn 2017
Philip has just given the sixth annual British Academy Lecture at the Leeds Humanities Research Institute at the University of Leeds, co-hosted with the Ilkley Literature Festival; a lecture–recital on/of Gurney’s music and poetry, given alongside pianist Gavin Roberts. In the coming weeks, Philip is appearing on the concert platform in Abergavenny (Gwent Bach Choir, 18 November) and Lichfield (Lichfield Cathedral Chorus, 9 December), singing the soli in Messiah on both occasions.

• Song now available
Philip’s recent Whitman song, premiered at the Ludlow Weekend of English Song in May, is now available through the Score shop on this website.

Philip Lancaster