Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Music

Professor Philip Wilby

Professor Emeritus

1.06, School of Music

BA, Bmus, Oxford, DMus, Leeds, ARCM

Born in Pontefract, Philip Wilby was educated at Leeds Grammar School and Keble College, Oxford. He attributes the awakening of his interest in composition to Herbert Howells, whose extra-curricular composition classes he attended whilst a violinist in the National Youth Orchestra. His commitment to composition developed further in Oxford and continued afterwards when working as a professional violinist. He joined the staff at Leeds University at the invitation of Alexander Goehr in 1972.

Biography

Born in Pontefract, Philip Wilby was educated at Leeds Grammar School and Keble College, Oxford. He attributes the awakening of his interest in composition to Herbert Howells, whose extra-curricular composition classes he attended whilst a violinist in the National Youth Orchestra. His commitment to composition developed further in Oxford and continued afterwards when working as a professional violinist. He joined the staff at Leeds University at the invitation of Alexander Goehr in 1972. Philip Wilby’s teaching activities have taken him to Dartington and Canford Summer Schools, Bavaria, Norway and USA. He has received commissions from California State University-Fresno, St Paul’s, Norwich and Liverpool Anglican Cathedrals, the BBC and English Northern Philharmonia. Philip Wilby will be the subject of an entry in the forthcoming edition of Groves Dictionary.

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