Biography

Philip Lawton is a composer living and working in Berlin. He studied in London with Roger Redgate, and at Durham University with Fabrice Fitch and Martyn Harry. In 2013, his piece “THERE IS NO SOLACE THIS HAS BEEN GOING ON A LONG TIME” was selected as one of three winning submissions in the London Sinfonietta’s R.S.V.P. Call for Works, and was premièred alongside Tenney’s “Postal Pieces” at the Kings Place Festival.

Performances and workshops include London Sinfonietta, Oriel Quartett, Allegri Quartet, Richard Casey, Psappha, Endymion, Bruce Nockles, and both Consortium Musicum Berlin and consortium vocale Berlin.

Philip recently arranged several famous classics for an ensemble of Berlin Philharmonic players for their family concert based on “The Little Prince” in spring 2016. Other arranging includes a version for small modern orchestra of Vivaldi’s “Juditha Triumphans”, as well as piano reductions of operatic arias. He is currently creating the vocal score of a new opera by Hauke Berheide to be premiered as part of the Bayerische Staatsoper’s opera festival in 2016.

As well as song transpositions for internationally-renowned artists such as Ian Bostridge, Iestyn Davies, Angelika Kirchschlager, Simon Keenlyside, Gerald Finley, Joan Rodgers and Julius Drake, in 2016 Philip was the copyist for the score to major motion picture “The Lake” (2017). (For information on copying and transposition, see songstransposed.com)

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