“Delicately spun melodies dissolved into bursts of aggression…. gritty, soulful…” The Strad
Philip Venables’s music has been performed and broadcast internationally. Arc, for the BBC Philharmonic, received a special mention at the 2006 British Academy Composer Awards and was broadcast on BBC Radio 3. His Wigmore Hall debut was in 2006 with the premiere of his complete String Quartet by the Duke Quartet. The same piece was recently performed in Australia and broadcast on Australian radio.
Recent commissions have included Ensemble 10-10 of the RLPO (ANIMA), Bregenz Festival in Austria (In America et ego), the BBC Singers (Thalidomide) and the Black Dyke Brass Band (Lullaby).
Philip was born in Chester in 1979 and went on to study at Jesus College, Cambridge, and at the Royal Academy of Music with Philip Cashian, where he was awarded the DipRAM diploma and the Manson Fellowship in Composition.
Other commissions have come from the London Symphony Orchestra, the London Sinfonietta, the BBC Singers, the Canterbury Sounds New Festivals, Rambert Dance Company, the Cheltenham International Music Festival, the QuantumLoop Animated Film Festival and the Spitalfields Festival.
Philip has worked on several projects with amateur and young musicians, including several COMA ensembles, the South London Jazz Orchestra and the 2004 Cage: UnCaged festival at the Barbican Centre.
As a conductor, he has studied with Christopher Austin, Denise Ham and Rodolfo Saglembini. He founded and directed Sequenza, and he directed the Hammersmith and Fulham Youth Orchestra for 2 years where he piloted an on-going partnership with the BBC Symphony Orchestra.