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

Latest News

• Song now available
Philip’s recent Whitman song, to be premiered later this month in Ludlow, is now available through the Score shop on this website.

• Concerts and talks, May to July 2017
Philip is going to be in action in the coming few months, singing two concerts with the Proteus Ensemble (including one at the Three Choirs Festival in Pershore Abbey on 27 July) and will be singing the baritone solo in Harold Darke’s An Hymn of Heavenly Beauty in Abbey Dore, Herefordshire on 29 July, in the final concert in Paul Spicer’s English Choral Experience. Philip is also speaking on Whitman at the Ludlow Weekend of English Song on 20 May (where his new Whitman song receives its premiere — see below), is talking to the Finzi Friends and Ivor Gurney Society about Gurney and Finzi on Chosen Hill on 3 June, and on Thursday 13 July is giving a lunchtime lecture-recital in Gloucester at St. Johns Northgate as part of the Gloucester Classical Music Festival. Having been talking on Gurney and Edward Thomas recently (April) in Arras, France, it is a busy few months!

• A new work is at hand! (April 2017)
Philip has just completed a new work for unaccompanied 8-part choir: a substantial Lenten motet, We are but Dust, which draws together words from Psalm 103, Edward Thomas, and the visionary writings of William Blake. At 6'30 in duration it is not perhaps for the faint-hearted, but if you would be interested in seeing a copy of the piece, please do get in touch.

• Song performance (April 2017)
Just a couple of months after its premiere, Philip’s recent Whitman song, A Noiseless Patient Spider is to receive its second performance, at the St. Endellion Festival. It is one of the songs featured in the late evening Whitman programme on Sunday 30 July. Details are available here: the Ludlow Song website.

• Song premiere in May (January 2017)
Philip is delighted that his new song, A Noiseless Patient Spider, is to receive its first performance during the 2017 Ludlow Weekend of English Song. This Whitman setting will be performed by soprano Soraya Mafi and pianist Iain Burnside in a programme devoted to Whitman to be given in Ludlow Parish Church on the evening of 20 May 2017. Booking is now open. Full details are available on the Ludlow Song website.

Philip Lancaster