Anyone who knew or worked with Philip could not fail to be taken by his charm, humour and integrity. He was a gentleman.At many Royal Philharmonic Society Council Meetings - Philip served on the RPS Council for several years - just the presence of his smile offered relief from the business of the day. It is a reflection of his character and his passion for classical music and its well-being that he gave his time and energy freely amidst a busy concert schedule. His knowledge of the profession was keen and he championed the creative approach, particularly when it came to communicating to audiences about the process of appreciating music.
When the RPS launched its Hear Here! programme Philip wrote a little piece about the role listening played in his life as a singer:
'But the great thing about listening to music, is that there are no rules. Nobody knows what you are thinking when you listen to music, so you are free to let your mind dodge in and out as you listen. And of course you can be completely reckless in your choice, nobody can tell you off for not listening correctly! So if you occasionally take a risk, you may surprise yourself how amazingly good a new piece sounds.'
It was this sense of risk, this surprise, this energy that was inherent in Philip both on and off the stage. When we first met, it was a wonderful surprise for both of us to realise that I was teaching at one of the schools Philip's family had attended.We are especially grateful to the Langridge family for their encouragement and support of this scheme, the kernel of which was Philip's. In this section you will find information about Philip's life, anecdotes and fond memories from his close friends and extracts of his work. A small corner to remember a great musician and a dear colleague.