Philip Venables is an spnm shortlisted composer. He studied with Philip Cashian at the Royal Academy of Music, where he was awarded the Howard Carr, William Elkin and Pullen Memorial prizes. Before that, he spent three years at Jesus College, Cambridge, studying Natural Sciences, where he was awarded a Grindley Fund Bursary for his research into specific memory deficits in temporal lobe epilepsy. He currently holds the Manson Fellowship in Composition at the Royal Academy of Music.
Recently, Philip has completed pieces for the London Sinfonietta (I fed my wardrobe to the night wind), the BBC Singers (The Windy Planet), the Canterbury 2003 Sounds New Festival (Soomro), the Gallimaufry ensemble (Espressivo, bleeding; Laments and Machines) the eminent young pianist Sarah Nicolls (The girl with the sun in her head), SEQUENZA (Broken, black), the Artea Quartet (String Quartet, commissioned by QuartetFest 2004), the QuantumLoop 2004 Animated Film Festival (Birdwatching, with animator Kay Moore) and the Spitalfields Festival 2004 (Recessional for the Manson Ensemble and Dutch Courage for COMA London Ensemble).
He has worked on several projects with amateur and young musicians, including several COMA ensembles and during the 2004 Cage: UnCaged festival at the Barbican Centre. He has also written for Piano Circus, Sing Circle, the Novitas Duo, the Steve Martland Band and Ensemble 2000 at festivals and venues including the Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Covent Garden Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
He has been recorded and broadcast by BBC Radio 3 and Cable Television, and in 1997 he was awarded the Performance The Arts Channel Young Composer of the Year. His String Quartet has been included on the spnm Shortlist for 2004–2007.
As a conductor, he has studied with Denise Ham at the Royal Academy and with Rodolfo Saglembini on the Canford International Summer School. He founded and directs SEQUENZA, an exciting, young and fresh contemporary music ensemble, and he directs the Hammersmith and Fulham Youth Orchestra with whom he is piloting a three-year partnership with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. He is also the General Manager of the prestigious British ensemble, Endymion.
with Philip Venables