(February 19, 1957– )
Philip Lawson began his career as a Lay Clerk in the choir of Salisbury Cathedral and Director of Music at Chafyn Grove Prep School, while working in London as a freelance baritone, performing regularly with The BBC Singers, The Taverner Choir, The Sixteen, and the choirs of St. Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey. He joined The King’s Singers in January 1994, replacing founding member Simon Carrington. In 18 years of singing with the group, he performed more than 2,000 concerts, co-presented over 300 workshops, and appeared on 25 CDs, several DVDs, and numerous radio and television programmes. After the departure of Bob Chilcott in 1987, he became the group’s principal arranger, contributing over 50 arrangements to the repertoire, including 10 for the 2008 album Simple Gifts, which went on to win the 2009 GRAMMY award for Best Classical Crossover Album.
In January 2012, Philip retired from The King’s Singers to pursue his growing arranging, composing, and teaching career. He is busy on the workshop circuit, with visits to Germany, Italy, the United States, Spain, and Belgium in 2012, and dates for workshops in Poland, Italy, the United States, Germany, and the United Kingdom in the diary for 2013. Philip also directs several choirs in Salisbury, the city where he still lives with his wife and their three daughters.