A trouper to the very end
Hazyish memories of the John Alldis Choir...Philip was ahead of me and therefore intimidating, as I was still a student...he may have remembered more!
On the oratorio circuit in England Philip and I trundling around several times a week for rehearsals, hospitality and an evening show: much laughter, with none of the pressure there would be later.
His searing performances in the Monteverdi Vespers, most memorably, at Westminster Cathedral: the top G as he started the Gloria, reverberating around that amazing building - unforgettable.
Standing up for me at an Argo recording in St John's College, Cambridge and the fun we had later, as he suggested we tested the recording team by standing miles from the microphones and reversing our instructions to sing softly or loudly...he had seen the dials set firmly for the entire recording and was having none of it. Early days!
His Loge in 'Rheingold', years later...vintage Philip.
A wink across the podium from Philip as the quartet of soloists were about to start the service in memory of Richard Hickox at St. Paul's, and his warm, generous address later, for his friend and colleague.
His 70th birthday celebration in New York, with Ann and a few friends and his saying to me on the phone, "I am really quite a shy man and don't want a huge 'do". And his amazing playing and singing of the Witch in "Hansel and Gretel", in a vigorous production, in the face of terrible back pain....
A wonderful singer, colleague and friend: supremely musical, fun, generous, and a trouper to the very end, even, once home, when in hospital and facing death, the humour and seemingly light-hearted acceptance of his lot, were inspirational.
Still very hard to believe I shall not walk into him again at any moment, but the richness of all that we shared together as fellow troupers will remain with me for ever.
Dame Felicity Palmer