Alan John Phillips

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Experienced organist, pianist and teacher based in Edinburgh and Livingston. Specialist in English 18th century organ repertoire 1714-1837.

I studied piano and theory with my father, Jack Phillips, and the organ at Exeter Cathedral, Exeter School, the Royal School of Church Music (summer course) and the University of Bristol, where I gained a BA in Music (2:1). Since the launch of my solo career at Peterborough Cathedral, I have performed at various London venues and in churches and cathedrals throughout Scotland, England and Wales, and on a concert tour of Estonia, including two concerts in the capital, Tallinn. After a number of years in Norway as organist in both Lutheran and Roman Catholic churches, including the Franciscan friary in Oslo, I was appointed organist of St. Mary Rotherhithe, London, where for eleven years I played the historic 1764 John Byfield instrument, including playing for the visits of both the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Dean of Westminster. As a result of my work with the Rotherhithe Byfield organ, I have become a specialist in the English 18th century organ repertoire 1714-1837, which I have called the 'Gorgeous Georgians', and at Rotherhithe performed representative works of 31 composers of the period over a six-month series. As well as being a performer, I am also an experienced music teacher. My primary base is at St. Mary's Church, Dalmahoy, just outside Edinburgh, a popular wedding venue. I am available for both services and concerts as soloist and accompanist on organ and piano.

Classical, Traditional church music, Christmas, Early music, Baroque, Renaissance, Medieval music
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Event types:
Wedding, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Concert
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Other skills:
Fluent sight-reader, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Musicologist
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Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£114
Up to 1 hour£217
Up to 2 hours£354
Up to 3 hours£492
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Lucy M, 8 months ago

We were very pleased with the service we received from Alan. Alan always responded to any queries in the run up to the wedding very promptly and played our two hymns beautifully on the day.

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Jon D, 1 year ago

Fantastic, will defiantly use him again.

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All of our guests commented on the beautiful ceremony and the fantastic organ playing.

Wedding, 2 years ago

So uplifting and beautiful and joyful. Thank you again for your great talent

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