We are very pleased to welcome our new accompanist, Mr Philip Bond.
A native of Lancashire, Philip was a chorister in Blackburn Cathedral in his Early Years. He later studied at the Royal College of Music, Manchester, in the early sixties, where his teachers were Derrick Wyndham (piano), Ronald Frost (organ) and Gwyllym Jones (singing). Further music study followed at the University of Reading, with Dr. Arnold Bentley.
For a number of years, Phillip was a singer (bass) in the London Bach Society, under the Director of Music, the late Dr. Paul Steinitz, world famous specialist and conductor of Baroque music.
Although now retired (if musicians ever retire), he was Director of Music at a number of schools in the UK, latterly at Bedford High School, a post he held for some twenty years. He enjoys conducting, training and accompanying groups (having founded, back in the seventies, the Furness Bach Choir in the South Lake District), and has given organ recitals in the UK and the Netherlands. In the past, he has worked with, amongst others, the celebrated composers and performers Sir John Dankworth and Dr. David Fanshawe.
Philip has also been, over many years, an examiner for the Oxford and Cambridge Board for 'A' Level Music Performance and Composition.