Diary

Performances, Lectures &c.


Forthcoming:

Autumn 2016Publication: Article: ‘Ivor Gurney: The Music of Poetry’, to be published in Raceme
Details will become available here.
January 2017BBC Workshop: Philip has been shortlisted for the AHRC—BBC New Generation Thinkers 2017 scheme, and has been invited to attend a workshop at Broadcasting House.
Spring 2017Publication: Article: ‘Ivor Gurney & the Muse of the Severn Vale’, to be published in the journal of the Friends of the Dymock Poets.
6–7 April 2017Conference: Edward Thomas: The Arras Conferfence.
Philip will be presenting a paper on Thomas’s influence on Ivor Gurney at the University d’Artois. Details to follow.
20 May 2017Performance & talks: Premiere of Philip’s Whitman song, A Noiseless Patient Spider. Louise Alder (sop.) and Iain Burnside (piano). Ludlow Weekend of English Song. Earlier that day, Philip will join Katie Hamilton and Tarik O'Regan to discuss Walt Whitman. Details at ludlowenglishsongweekend.com.
2017Further publications, talks, CD releases and performances are in the pipeline and will appear here when confirmed.


Archive: 2016

27 MayCD release: A new recording of Philip's editions of Ivor Gurney's Ludlow & Teme and the slow movement of the 1924-25 string quartet in D minor. Details here.
JunePublication: Article published in the British Academy Review:
‘A Passion for War Poetry’. Available to download here.
22 JulyPerformance: Bach and the Sentry to be performed at the St. Marylebone Festival.
Jonathan Hyde (baritone) and Gavin Roberts (piano) perform Philip’s setting of Ivor Gurney at the inaugural St. Marylebone Festival, at a WW1 commemorative concert, ‘War on all fronts'. Details here.
23 JulyTalk: A New War Passion: in conversation about the writing of my new War Passion with Jonathan Hope, who conducts the first performance the following day.
St. Mary de Lode Church, Gloucester. Part of the Three Choirs Festival.
24 JulyPerformance: WORLD PREMIERE of Philip’s new chamber oratorio, War Passion, at the 2016 Gloucester Three Choirs Festival.
Cirencester Parish Church, 3.30pm.
St. Cecilia Singers, Bristol Ensemble, Anna Gillingham (soprano), Juliet Curnow (contralto), Peter Harris (tenor) and James Geidt (baritone), conducted by Jonathan Hope.
6 OctoberLecture—Recital: 'Poet of the Great War: Ivor Gurney'.
The British Academy, Carlton Terrace, London, 6-7.30pm. With Gavin Roberts, piano. Part of National Poetry Day. Details on the British Academy website.
15 OctoberTalk: Ivor Gurney and the Muse of the Severn Vale.
Autumn in Malvern Festival, Colwall Village Hall, Malvern, 2pm. Supported by the Friends of the Dymock Poets.
17 OctoberRecital: 'The Distant Beloved': songs by Beethoven and Schubert.
St. John's Northgate, Gloucester, 12.30pm. With Jonathan Hope, piano. Includes Beethoven’s 'An die ferne Geliebte'.


Archive: 2014

20-21 JanuaryConference: Invited participant in consultation, 'World War I Revisited'.
St. George's House, Windsor Castle.
4 MarchRecording: BBC Recording of Philip's orchestration of Gurney The Trumpet.
BBC Singers, BBC Symphony Orchestra. For broadcast, July 2014.
22 MarchSoloist: Bach St. John Passion (Pilate & Arias).
Staffordshire Performing Arts (Staffordshire Symphony Orchestra/County Chorus), Lichfield Cathedral.
3-5 AprilSpeaker: Oxford WW1 Poetry School.
University of Oxford Faculty of English.
12 AprilSoloist: Elgar Apostles (Judas).
Lichfield Cathedral Chorus, Lichfield Cathedral.
28 AprilTalk: First World War Composers
A pre-concert talk for a programme given by the Halle Soloists as part of Whitchurch's Edward German Festival, which concert marks the beginning of the commemorations of the First World War centenary in Shropshire.
3 MayRecital: Ivor Gurney Songs & Poems.
Details TBC.
10 MaySoloist: Bach St. John Passion.
Fairford Choral Society, St. Mary's Church, Fairford, Gloucestershire.
24 MayPerformance: First performance of Philip's orchestration of a movement from Cecil Coles's suite, Behind the Lines.
English Music Festival.
1 JunePublication: Fulcrum.
Publication of Philip's first short collection of poetry.
11 JulyPublication: Two Poems: Relic of Hope and Rain-song.
Published by the online magazine, The Clearing: click here to view the publication.
11 JulyRecording: Recording of Philip's orchestration of Gurney The Trumpet.
City of London Choir, for Naxos Records.
12 JulySoloist: Michael Haydn Missa Hieronymous &c.
Newcastle under Lyme.
22 JulyTalk: 'A New World Awakening: The Rise of Whitman in English Music'.
The English Choral Experience, Ewyas Harold, Herefordshire.
28 JulyConcert: Three Choirs Festival concert with the Proteus Ensemble, cond. Stephen Shellard.
Pershore Abbey.
29 August 2014Conference paper: Establishing the War Composer in a World of War Poets
The Music of War: 1914-1918, British Library.
1 SeptemberFellowship: Philip begins a 3 year post as British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Exeter.
5-7 Sept. 2014Conference paper: British Poetry of the First World War Centenary Conference
Wadham College, Oxford; organised by the English Association.
12 October 2014Recital: Song settings of W. H. Davies and songs of the Great War
English Poetry and Song Society. Stroud Subscription Rooms. Songs by Ivor Gurney, John Ireland, Arthur Bliss, Ivor Novello, and the six best songs from the EPSS 2014 song-writing competition.
3 November 2014CD Release: Ivor Gurney The Trumpet (orchestrated by PGL)
My orchestration of Gurney's choral setting of Edward Thomas. Performed by City of London Choir, London Mozart Players, cond. Hilary Davan Wetton. Naxos: 8.573426.
9, 15 & 16 November 2014Performances: US Premiere of Philip's 2013 edition of Ivor Gurney The Western Playland (and of sorrow)
Mark Morgan (baritone), Beverly Soll (piano) and Quartetto Ardente. Promoted by New England Opera. A Great War 100 programme, touring to Lexington, Melrose and Brookline, Massachusetts.
13 December 2014Soloist: Handel Messiah (Part one)
Lichfield Cathedral Chorus, cond. Ben Lamb. Lichfield Cathedral.


Archive: 2013

14 JanuaryPublication: CD sleeve note: 'From a City Window: Songs by Hubert Parry'. Delphian Records, DCD34117.
22 JanuaryRecording: Ivor Gurney Coronation March (co-edited with Ian Venables). Recording for BBC Radio 3 by BBC Symphony Orchestra, cond. David Parry.
9 FebruarySoloist: Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music, Victoria Rooms, Bristol, 7.30pm
One of the sixteen soloists. With the University Symphony Orchestra, cond. John Pickard.
25 FebruaryExamination: PhD Viva, University of Exeter
The examination (successful!) of my thesis, ‘The Making of a Poet: A Scholarly Edition of Ivor Gurney’s poetry, 1907 - Armistice Day 1918’
16 MarchSoloist: Charpentier Te Deum, Uttoxeter Choral Society
31 MayRecital: 'Song in a Strange Land', with Alex Mason (organ), Robert Webb (violin) and Ed Smith (cello)
Part of the Ludlow Weekend of English Song. Included Howells By the Waters of Babylon and unpublished works by Hubert Parry and Gerald Finzi.
1 JuneEdition: The first performance of Philip’s new edition of Ivor Gurney's The Western Playland (and of Sorrow)
Part of the Ludlow Weekend of English Song. Jonathan McGovern (baritone), Carducci Quartet, Susie Allan (piano).
2 JuneDiscussion Panel: English Song - The Landscape Now. Philip was a panel member for a discussion forum on the current state of English Song.
Part of the Ludlow Weekend of English Song. Other panelists were Iain Burnside, Martin Bussey, Julian Phillips, John Tomlinson and Andrew Walton.
22 JulyTalk: The Crowning Glory: Music for the Coronations
English Choral Experience, Abbey Dore.
26 JulyRecital: 'The Search for Solace', with Mark Opstad (piano)
Songs by Britten, Vaughan Williams, Ivor Gurney, Greaham Peel, Herbert Howells, Charles Stanford and Gerald Finzi. English Choral Experience, Abbey Dore.
29 JulyRecital & Arrangements' Premiere: An Elizabethan Centenary. With Susanna Spicer and an ensemble from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.
A recital devised by Philip which included the performance of several arrangements by Philip for the unusual ensemble originally used by Ivor Gurney in his Five Elizabethan Songs: two flutes, two clarinets, harp and two bassoons. Philip's reconstruction/reimagination/edition of this original scoring of Gurney's 'Elizas' were given their first performance alongside his arrangements of two Shakespeare songs by Parry, Finzi's Let us Garlands Bring, Howells King David and songs by Vaughan Williams, Gurney and Finzi, along with works by Howells and Marion Scott. Three Choirs Festival, St. Mary de Lode, Gloucester.
29 JulyTalk/Tour: Two tours of the Ivor Gurney archive given at Gloucestershire Archives as part of 'Three Choirs Plus', Three Choirs Festival, Gloucester.
30 JulyConsort: Gesualdo Motets, with Musica Beata, Three Choirs Festival, Gloucester.
5 OctoberSinger/tutor: Border Marches Early Music Forum, with Ensemble Sine Nomine.
Peterchurch. Followed in evening by concert in Peterchurch Church.
22 NovemberSoloist: Britten Noyes Flude (The Voice of God).
Lichfield Cathedral
23 NovemberReader: Britten The Company of Heaven. With Lichfield Cathedral Chamber Choir
Lichfield Cathedral
24 NovemberRecital: A Recital of songs by Benjamin Britten. Lichfield Cathedral, 5pm.
To include Songs and Proverbs of William Blake and folksong arrangements.
4 DecemberLive broadcast: Choral Evensong. Lichfield Cathedral Girls' Choir. BBC Radio 3.
7 DecemberSoloist: Gerald Finzi In Terra Pax and J.S. Bach Cantata BWV140, 'Wachet Auf'. Southport Bach Choir.
Part of 'Christmas by Candlelight'. Holy Trinity, Hoghton Street, Southport.
8 DecemberSoloist: Handel Messiah. Orchestra of the 18th Century.
Theatre Royal, Bath.


Archive: 2012

21 JanuarySoloist: Ivor Gurney, four songs with orchestra; and
Performance: Three Gurney orchestral works, co-edited with Ian Venables, Bristol Cathedral.
18 MarchSoloist: J.S. Bach solo cantata, Ich will den Kreutstab gerne tragen, BWV56, Gloucester Cathedral.
27 MarchSoloist: Narrator, Joseph Horovitz, Captain Noah, Lichfield Cathedral.
31 MarchRecital: Selection of Gurney songs (unaccompanied), Wilfred Owen Association, London.
3 AprilSoloist: Charles Wood, St Mark Passion (Jesus), Lichfield Cathedral.
25 AprilConsort: Conducting workshop, with Musica Beata, Oxford.
30 AprilPublication: CD sleeve note: Benjamin Britten Songs and Proverbs of William Blake et al. Naxos, 8.572600.
30 AprilConference paper: Paper on the Gurney Archive at literary archives conference, British Library.
5 MayTalk: 'Gurney's Cathedral', Ivor Gurney Society spring event, Gloucester Cathedral; and
Performance: Ivor Gurney, Since I believe in God the father almighty, motet for double choir (ed. Philip)
Gloucester Cathedral Choir, cond. Adrian Partington.
3 JuneRecital: English Music Festival, Radley College, with Andrew Plant (piano).
24 JuneConsort & soloist: Messiah, with Ensemble Sine Nomine, Ludlow Festival.
30 JuneRecital: Song settings of Edward Thomas, The Edward Thomas Fellowship, Oxford, with Helen Jones.
1 JulySoloist: Carl Orff, Carmina Burana (baritone and tenor soli), Garrick Theatre, Lichfield
with Lichfield Cathedral Chorus.
17 JulyRecital: Songs by Ivor Gurney, with Gavin Roberts, Lichfield Cathedral.
24 JulyLecture: 'The Wanderer Fantasy', The English Choral Experience, Bacton, Herefordshire.
28 JulySoloist: Vaughan Williams A Sea Symphony & Stanford Songs of the Fleet, The English Choral Experience, Abbey Dore, Herefordshire, cond. Paul Spicer.
16-19 AugustConsort: Conducting masterclass for Voces Academy, Bramstrup, Denmark.
22 JanuaryRecording: Ivor Gurney A Gloucestershire Rhapsody (co-edited with Ian Venables). Recording for BBC Radio 3 by BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, cond. David Parry.
8 SeptemberTalk: Ivor Gurney. Gloucester History Week.
11 OctoberSoloist: Faure Requiem, Keele University Chapel.
15 OctoberPublication: CD sleeve note: 'Partsongs by Frederick Delius and John Ireland'. SOMM Records, SOMMCD0119.
27 OctoberRecital: Chiswick, London, with Andrew Plant (piano), for The English Music Festival
Including Vaughan Williams Songs of Travel and Finzi Let us Garlands Bring.
6 DecemberBroadcast: Ivor Gurney A Gloucestershire Rhapsody (co-edited with Ian Venables), BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, David Parry (cond.), BBC Radio 3, Afternoon on 3.
9 DecemberConsort & Soli: Messiah. Bath Theatre Royal, with 18th Century Concert Orchestra.
12-13 DecemberRecording: Sessions for solo CD, with Gavin Roberts (piano), of Songs and Poems by Ivor Gurney for Clutag Press.
15 DecemberSoloist: J.S. Bach Advent Cantatas, Lichfield Cathedral Chamber Choir, Lichfield Cathedral.
19 DecemberChoral: BBC Radio 3 Broadcast, Choral Evensong, with Lichfield Cathedral Choir.


Archive: 2011

JanuaryPublication: Ivor Gurney Society Journal, including articles on Philip's work in the archive, and commentary on two previously unpublished works by Gurney, a poem and a prose tale.
2 AprilSoloist: J.S. Bach Johannes Passion (Pilate). Thame Chamber Choir, cond. Duncan Aspden.
4 JunePerformance: Gurney Coronation March for orchestra (premiere), co-edited with Ian Venables. Gloucester Cathedral.
4 JuneSoloist: Hubert Parry Hear my words, ye people, Lichfield Cathedral Chorus.
25 JulyRecital: Peter Warlock, Sociable Songs, with Mark Opstad, Abbey Dore, Herefordshire.
26 JulyLecture: The Composer’s Reclamation of Innocence, Bacton Church, Herefordshire.
10 SeptemberLecture-Recital: Ivor Gurney. With Tim Kendall and Helen Jones. University of Exeter.
28 SeptemberRecital: Christ Church, Lichfield. With Ben Lamb (piano).
19 OctoberTalk: Ivor Gurney. Gloucester Civic Trust.
20 OctoberPublication: Book Chapter on the part-songs of John Ireland in Lewis Foreman (ed.) The John Ireland Companion, Boydell Press.
27 OctoberLecture: First World War Composers, Painswick Music Appreciation Group.
11 NovemberRecital: Clutag Press event, Bodleian Library, Oxford. Singing two Gurney songs, unaccompanied.
4 DecemberConsort: Concert with Ensemble Sine Nomine, St Mark’s Hamilton Terrace, London.
7 DecemberAwards Dinner: Exeter University Impact Awards dinner, for which PGL has been shortlisted for his work on Ivor Gurney.
9 DecemberPublication: Ivor Gurney Ludlow & Teme. A critical edition by Philip Lancaster. Stainer & Bell.
11 DecemberConsort & Soli: Messiah. Bath Theatre Royal, with 18th Century Concert Orchestra.
16 DecemberConsort: Concert with Ensemble Sine Nomine, Hereford.
25 DecemberBroadcast: BBC One live television broadcast, with Lichfield Cathedral Choir.