Who am I?

Philip Lancaster Philip Lancaster is a singer, composer and academic. As British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow in English at the University of Exeter, he is currently completing an edition of Ivor Gurney’s complete poetry, with Tim Kendall, and is writing the first major critical study of Gurney’s music and poetry. As well as being the leading authority on Gurney’s work, Philip writes and lectures more widely on British music and poetry, and teaches poetry at the University of Exeter. As a baritone he performs in consort and as a soloist in oratorio and recital, and has given recitals at venues and festivals around the country. Philip is now combining his academic work with his singing in a breed of lecture-recitals exploring Gurney and wider subjects, with recent and future presentations in London and at Leeds University as part of this autumn’s Ilkley Literature Festival. Since 2011 Philip has been rekindling his own original work, and is quickly establishing himself as a composer of serious and original voice. A major chamber oratorio, War Passion, was premiered at the Three Choirs Festival in July 2016, and recent songs have this last year been featured at Festivals in Ludlow, London, and St. Endellion, Cornwall. He has recently completed an unaccompanied choral work, and is now working with poet Euan Tait on a new canticle for soprano and piano. A short collection of original poems was published by subscription in 2014.