from Philip W J Stopford

Philip W J Stopford (b.1977) is a Choral Composer and Director from England
He is currently living in Chester, in the North West of England and bordering Wales.
Philip began his musical career as a Chorister at Westminster Abbey under the direction of both Simon Preston and Martin Neary. After winning a major Music Scholarship to Bedford School, he became Organ Scholar at Truro Cathedral, the original home of the Nine Lessons and Carols Service, playing the organ for services and taking probationer chorister rehearsals. Whilst in Truro, Philip composed a setting of the Responses which later won the Federation of Old Choristers' Composition Prize. He also played the organ for the wedding of of the Organist and Master of the Choristers, Andrew Nethsingha. 
Philip Stopford
Keble College, Oxford
Philip went on to Oxford University to study music at Keble College, where he was also Organ Scholar. At Keble, he was responsible for recruiting and directing the Chapel Choir, and made two recordings. Lux Mundi (light of the world) was followed by one volume of the Priory series Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis. Philip also directed performances of the St John Passion and B Minor Mass, and the chamber choir Musica Beata. 

In 1999 to 2000 Philip was appointed Organ Scholar at Canterbury Cathedral, working with David Flood and Timothy Noon, and then moved to Chester Cathedral as Assistant Organist.
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Philip was appointed Director of Music at St Anne's Cathedral, Belfast, Northern Ireland in January 2003, taking charge of the recruitment and training of the choir and directing the choir at Cathedral services. The Centenary of the Consecration of the Cathedral was celebrated in 2004 with a busy year of additional special services and events. In 2007, the choir was pivotal in celebrating the Consecration of the newly erected Spire of Hope. The Cathedral Choirs recorded three CDs under Philip's direction - Mysterium (Christmas Music) Celtic Inspirations and a volume of Hymns for Priory Records. The choir also broadcast live on BBC Radio 4, and featured in two Songs of Praise programmes from the Cathedral.

Philip now lives back in Chester, England, and is a full time choral composer and conductor. The Choir of Truro Cathedral have recorded a CD of Philip's music entitled Do not be afraid. His music has also appeared in the Classic FM Hall of Fame in 2013 and 2014.

Philip currently devotes his time to choral composition and conducting, offering commissions and workshops globally. 

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