Who am I?

Philip Lancaster Philip Lancaster has a growing reputation as both a solo baritone, performing in recital and on the concert platform, and a textual and critical scholar working at the interface of British music and poetry of the early twentieth century. He has appeared in recital at the Three Choirs Festival, English Music Festival and the Ludlow Weekend of English Song (amongst other places), and performs regularly in consort and as a concert soloist. As a scholar, Philip is a leading expert on the composers of the First World War, and in particular the music and poetry of Ivor Gurney. He has edited Gurney’s works for performance, recording, broadcast and publication, is coediting, with Tim Kendall, Gurney’s complete literary works for publication by Oxford University Press, and is writing a monograph on his work. Philip has also worked with the BBC to bring about a Composer of the Week series on Radio 3 dedicated to Gurney, broadcast 30 June to 4 July 2014, for which a number of his editions were specially recorded, including his orchestration of a choral work, The Trumpet, which was recorded for CD release by Naxos. In September 2014 Philip took up the position of British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Exeter University in order to continue this work.

Philip lectures widely on British music and poetry, in venues ranging from village halls to the British Library, and has written articles, CD notes and book chapters on figures including Parry, Finzi, Ireland and Britten. In June his first collection of original poems, Fulcrum, was published, and he is currently working under the auspices of a Finzi Scholarship on the writing of a chamber oratorio, a War Passion, which combines the story of the Passion with the words of nine First World War poets, paralleling the sacrifice of Christ for the salvation of Man with the sacrifice of soldiers in the First World War to similar ends. This work is to be premiered in July 2016.