Philip Lancaster

Philip Lancaster is a composer of vocal, choral, and chamber music, a writer, singer, and  a scholar of 20th century music and poetry.

Recent publications include a short choral work, Into the Tomb (Stainer & Bell, 2019), Vol.1 of The Complete Poetical Works of Ivor Gurney, which Philip is co-editing with  Tim Kendall (OUP, 2020), and a new edition of Gurney’s song cycle The Western Playland (Stainer & Bell, 2020). He is also, with Ian Venables, co-editor of the new Gurney Trust Song Edition. Philip is endeavouring to complete his long-awaited combined critical study of Gurney’s music and poetry.

As a composer, Philip Lancaster’s works include a major chamber oratorio, War Passion, premièred at the Three Choirs Festival in 2016, a number of solo vocal works, a cycle of miniatures for solo piano, and a few choral works. His most recent première was of an Easter carol, Carol of the Passion, which was given its first performance by the choir of Selwyn College, Cambridge, conducted by Sarah MacDonald, in March 2020. Recent and forthcoming projects have been supported by the Finzi Trust, Sound and Music, the RVW Trust, and by the generosity of several individuals. Scores of some of his works are available to purchase from

Philip’s original extended poem, Sonata: violare, col legno, will be published by Guillemot Press in June 2021.