Philip Lawson

Philip Lawson

It doesn’t seem that long ago that I first stepped onto a stage with The King’s Singers. I first auditioned for the group in 1987, for the first baritone position being vacated by Tony Holt. Having failed to win that place I concluded that becoming a member of the group that I had idolised in my teens was not meant to be, but founder-member Simon Carrington called me in 1993 asking if I would like to audition for his own job as second baritone, and this time I was successful. An ironic twist occurred two years later when I volunteered to fill the once again vacant first baritone position, thus finally, and to my great personal satisfaction, securing the place which I had failed to win nearly ten years previously! Before joining the group I was Director of Music of a prep school in Salisbury and a Lay Clerk in the choir of Salisbury Cathedral, as well as being the pianist and arranger for a local dance band. Prior to that I had worked as a freelance singer in London, and when exchanging life in the capital for life in the Wiltshire countryside in 1982, vowed I would get a proper job and never again rely totally on singing!

Throughout my 18 years with The King's Singers, composing and arranging formed a big part of my contribution to the life and work of the group, especially after the departure of Bob Chilcott in 1997, and this is now what I mainly do for a living, as well as workshop activity and the odd bit of singing now and then. I have strong ties with Hal Leonard Corporation in the USA but also have pieces in print with other publishers. If you want to see what I've done or am doing you can check out my website  or my Facebook page "Philip Lawson: composer, arranger", and if you're in a choir or vocal ensemble and would like me to write something for you just email me!


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  • Saint Galmier is somewhere we love to return to time and time again - and not least because it's the home of the wonderful Badoit spring water! Sadly we seem to go every 8-10 years or so, and we wish it were more often as the church is beautiful, the audience appreciative, and the food and wine excellent. Last night's concert and rehearsal were great fun, but also very useful to introduce Julian to our touring life. We sang for 10 minutes with Jules, at the end of the rehearsal, and what we heard and felt made us very excited for September and beyond. We have more time to work with him before our summer break, at the forthcoming concerts in Germany as part of the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, so those of you who are coming to Paul's last few concerts may well get to meet his successor as well. read
  • Here's another review from our recent trip to Australia - this time about our show in Brisbane! Great American Songbook (King's Singers) for the ears from venerable and meticulous English masters. read
  • Off we go to France, to sing in La Batie, near to Lyon. Julian is joining us so that we can start preparation for September. If you want to come along to show your support and meet our fantastic new tenor, we are singing in the East Sussex village of Mayfield on 25 September. This is a charity concert in aid of the Hospice in the Weald, which provides palliative care to those most in need in the South East of England. It's a wonderful cause to support. Tickets will be on sale from 1 August and you can check our website for details of how to purchase from that date. read
  • After two wonderful concerts in Northern Italy, we head home today for a week of rest and preparation. We'll be helping Julian to start his KS journey, as well as learning a few new pieces for the upcoming Schleswig Holstein festival. We're also returning to the Three Choirs Festival next week, one of the finest choral festivals going, so it's an exciting way to end the season! read

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