Philip studied at the Royal College of Music in London where he won the Walford Davies Prize for Organ Playing and the Limpus, Turpin, and Read Prizes in the Royal College of Organists’ exams. He holds a Bachelor in Music degree from the University of Durham and, more recently, he was awarded Honorary Fellowships by the Royal School of Church Music, the Guild of Church Musicians, and the Academy of St Cecilia for his services to Church Music. After graduation, he taught at Eton College, moving to Canterbury Cathedral in 1968 as Assistant Organist, and in 1974 to Guildford as Organist and Master of the Choristers. In 1983 he became Organist and Master of the Music at York Minster, succeeding Dr Francis Jackson. When he retired from the Minster in 2008 he was appointed Organist Emeritus, and the Archbishop of York awarded him the Order of St William, an honour entirely within his gift. As a composer, he has written extensively, primarily music for choir and organ, but also music for chamber ensembles.