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. As a composer, he has been supported by a Finzi Scholarship from the Finzi Trust (2014), and more recently has been the recipient of a Francis Chagrin Award from Sound and Music (2019). He is a composer with a particular interest in vocal, chamber and choral music. Some of his work, original and edited, is published by Stainer & Bell, and by The Maker’s Press. Please explore this site to find out about the various facets of Philip's work.

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Latest News

• Forthcoming publication, June 2021: Poem, Sonata: violare, col legno (x.2020)
I’m delighted to announce the forthcoming publication of an extended poem, Sonata, which is to be published next year by the small poetry press, Guillemot Press. As with all of their publications, it promises to be a beautiful book, with specially commissioned cover artwork by Anna Hussey. Further detail will follow closer to the time.

• THE MAKER’S PRESS: New Publications and Availability (ix.2020)
A new publication and some of my other work is now available from a new publisher and shop, ‘The Maker’s Press’. Alongside the new publication of my edition and realisation of the original scoring of Ivor Gurney’s Five Elizabethan Songs, other original scores and my PoemCards are also newly available. Do please visit and have a look at what is available.

Into the Tomb Reviewed (March 2020)
A very kind review of my recently published motet, Into the Tomb, has just appeared in the new, April 2020, edition of Choir and Organ Magazine. It concluded that the piece would ‘make an effective contribution to any Holy Week concert, since the composer has captured the mood of the text so well.’ My thanks to the reviewer, Jeremy Jackman, and C&O. The piece is published by, and available from, Stainer & Bell.


• Poemcards launched (March 2020)
I have launched a new series of postcards — Poemcards — featuring an original poem and illustration by me. The first two designs are available now from my new shop on Etsy. Please do take a look!

OUP Gurney vol.1

Ivor Gurney: The Complete Poetical Works Vol.1 Published (March 2020)
After years of labour, the first volume of Ivor Gurney: The Complete Poetical Works, which I am co-editing with Tim Kendall, has been published. Full details of the book can be found on OUP’s website.

Into the Tomb

• New Choral Publication (October 2019)
My short choral work, Into the Tomb, for unaccompanied SATB and suitable for use in Holy Week, has now been published by Stainer & Bell. It is available both in print and as a PDF download from Stainer & Bell’s website. This publication is a great landmark for me, being the first of my original music to come to publication. Huge thanks to Stainer & Bell for taking it on.

Philip Lancaster