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From 1997 to 2017 Philip was the Classical Music Writer for Plymouth Herald, and each Friday wrote a preview Column as part of the What's On supplement, and which also included some reviews. Occasional articles have appeared in the Western Morning Herald, as well as, more frequently, Previews and Reviews, particularly where the event is of county, rather than just of city interest. Since 1996, Philip has reviewed top chamber-artists, including the Endellion, Belcea and Skampa Quartets and the Nash Ensemble, pianists, Stephen Hough and Nikolai Demidenko, the Bournemouth Symphony and Philharmonia Orchestras, Welsh National  and Glyndebourne Opera, and many local performers. From April 2014, Classical Music began sharing with Art, before becoming part of a Culture page, in a newly-formatted weekly What's On supplement.

He has interviewed international celebrities like Vladimir Ashkenazy, cellist Julian Lloyd Webber, and violinist  Tasmin Little, and he has also reviewed a number of 'cross-over' artists like Rusell Watson, Katherine Jenkins, and the Grimethorpe Colliery Brass Band.

Prior to October 2015, Philip's reviews usually appeared first online at SouthWestShows, originally set up by Paula Atkins, now Editor of Plymouth Herald's What's On supplement, and former Editor of What's On South West, which carried Philip's concert reviews, Classical Roundups, and Reviews of the Classical Year from 2007-10. Top artists, like cellist Julian Lloyd Webber, as well as a number of leading UK agents, have included Philip's complete reviews or excerpts on their websites, from time to time.

Since October 2015, Philip's regular reviews have been published online at ArtsCulture, and, since 2012, he has written in-depth reviews of suitable events on the well-respected Seen and Heard International site. Since late 2017, ArtsCulture also features occasional Press Releases and Previews, too. To find a Concert Review, click on the respective site for a drop-down menu:
From 1997 to 2017 Philip was the Classical Music Writer for Plymouth Herald, and each Friday wrote a preview Column as part of the What's On supplement, and which also included some reviews. Occasional articles have appeared in the Western Morning News, as well as, more frequently, Previews and Reviews, particularly where the event is of county, rather than just of city interest. Since 1996, Philip has reviewed top chamber-artists, including the Endellion, Belcea and Skampa Quartets and the Nash Ensemble, pianists, Stephen Hough and Nikolai Demidenko, the Bournemouth Symphony and Philharmonia Orchestras, Welsh National  and Glyndebourne Opera, and many local performers. From April 2014, Classical Music began sharing with Art, before becoming part of a Culture page, in a newly-formatted weekly What's On supplement.

He has interviewed international celebrities like Vladimir Ashkenazy, cellist Julian Lloyd Webber, and violinist  Tasmin Little, and he has also reviewed a number of 'cross-over' artists like Rusell Watson, Katherine Jenkins, and the Grimethorpe Colliery Brass Band.

Prior to October 2015, Philip's reviews usually appeared first online at SouthWestShows, originally set up by Paul Atkins, now Editor of Plymouth Herald's What's On supplement, and former Editor of What's On South West, which carried Philip's concert reviews, Classical Roundups, and Reviews of the Classical Year from 2007-10. Top artists, like cellist Julian Lloyd Webber, as well as a number of leading UK agents, have included Philip's complete reviews or excerpts on their websites, from time to time.

Since October 2015, Philip's regular reviews have been published online at ArtsCulture, and, since 2012, he has written in-depth reviews of suitable events on the well-respected Seen and Heard International site. Since late 2017, ArtsCulture also features occasional Press Releases and Previews, too.

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            for CONCERT REVIEWS published at ArtsCulture and Seen and Heard International.

Philip is also a respected CD Reviewer at Seen and Heard International's sister-site, Music Web International, where he has a particular interest in Piano Music, and works by less-well-known composers - and especially those from  Poland, From time to time, some artists or labels, contact Philip direct, to review a specific CD or new release on their behalf, at MusicWeb International. For example, Baroque specialsts The Brook Street Band asked Philip to review their CD Handel Violin Sonatas.  

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            for CD REVIEWS published at MusicWeb International

Philip's role at Plymouth Herald came to an end in September 2017 when, for reasons of economy, virtually all freelance writers' services were dispensed with across the four newspapers produced in the South West. Plymouth Philharmonic Choir was just one of many bodies, including Herald readers, to express their thanks and appreciation for Philip's contribution to the musical life of the area, for some twenty years.
Plymouth Herald - (Final Column)
Plymouth Herald - Final Column
Philip is also a respected CD Reviewer at Seen and Heard International's sister-site, MusicWeb International, where he has a particular interest in Piano Music, and works by less-well-known composers - and especially those from Poland. To find a CD review, click for a drop-down menu:
Philip's role at Plymouth Herald came to an end in September 2017, when, for reasons of economy, virtually all freelance writers' services were dispensed with across the four newspapers produced in the South West. Plymouth Philharmonic Choir was just one of many bodies, including Herald  readers, to express their thanks and appreciation. 
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Concert Reviews
To read what artists - many of whom are top international performers - have written about Philip's reviews, please click on the newspaper:
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