English Arts Chorale

Philip Smith (baritone)

Philip Smith

Photo: Helen Tabor




Philip is the baritone soloist in the EAC's three performances of Vaughan Williams' A Sea Symphony in 2020

Philip Smith  - Baritone

One time zoologist and National Otter Surveyor of England, Philip hung up his waders to study singing, first at the Birmingham Conservatoire and then at the Royal Northern College of Music.  He is a Samling Artist, a Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme alumnus and Crear Scholar.

He has performed with world class orchestras including the Hallé, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic’s Ensemble 10/10, Manchester Camerata and the Northern Sinfonia with conductors including Sir Mark Elder, Clark Rundell, David Hill and Nicholas Kraemer.  Recent Oratorio performances include Carmina Burana (Orff),  A Sea Symphony (Vaughan Williams), Requiem (Verdi), Petite Messe Solennelle (Rossini), The Creation (Haydn), Requiem (Faure), B Minor Mass (Bach), Belshazzar’s Feast (Walton), Five Mystical Songs (Vaughan Williams) and A Child of Our Time (Tippett).  He is the Baritone soloist on the CD “Fair Child of Beauty”, recordings of the rarely heard Vaughan Williams works Epithalamion and The Bridal Day.

In recital Philip has worked with internationally recognised pianists including Julius Drake, Malcolm Martineau, Roger Vignoles, Joseph Middleton and James Cheung.  In the last few years he has performed in Poland, Malta, Spain and France as well as venues across the UK including the Wigmore Hall and the Sage Gateshead.  He has broadcast live a number of times on BBC Radio 3 and has recorded Tit for Tat (Britten) and a few of Britten’s unknown childhood songs with Malcolm Martineau. He also appears on the recent release of recordings of Cheryl Frances-Hoads’ songs.

Philip has a thriving operatic career in addition to his concert and recital work.  He made his debut for the Royal Opera House in 2015 and has performed principal roles for Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Teatro Petruzzelli di Bari, Polish National Opera and the Royal Danish Opera.  Last year he made his debut with WNO, sang Giorgio in the Italian premier of Sondheim’s musical Passion, toured as Sharpless in Madama Butterfly (Puccini) for Diva Opera and performed the roles of Figaro in the Barber of Seville (Rossini) for Opera Project at the Tobacco Factory in Bristol and the Count in Le Nozze di Figaro (Mozart) for Celebrate Voice festival in Salisbury.

This year includes work for Scottish Opera and WNO and as well as a return to the Tobacco Factory with Opera Project.  In concert he sings his first Elijah (Mendelssohn) and is particularly looking forward to touring Vaughan Williams’ A Sea Symphony with the combined forces of the English Arts Chorale, Eye Bach Choir and the orchestra of the Prague Conservatoire.

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