The Society appointed Philip Collin to be our new conductor and artistic director in March 2020.
Philip was Organ Scholar at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge.He then took a post-graduate diploma in piano accompaniment at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where he studied with John York while taking part in regular classes with Iain Burnside and Graham Johnson.
Since then he has worked extensively as a vocal coach, repetiteur, adjudicator, organist and conductor, and performed as a song accompanist throughout the UK and Europe. As an accompanist he has been a champion of English song, twice performing the complete works of Gerald Finzi in 2006 (the fiftieth anniversary of the composer’s death) and giving the first performance of many songs, most notably by Ian Venables and Elaine Hugh-Jones and some unpublished songs by Ivor Gurney. He has had a varied career as a performer, including playing and singing on a number of pop recordings, playing the organ on the Academy Award-winning soundtrack to Gravity and piano on the 2014 film, Fury. As a choral conductor, he has previously been Musical Director of Manchester Bach Choir, West Barnes Singers and Carshalton Choral Society and Director of Music at several churches, most notably St Peter’s, Streatham, home of one of the finest church choirs in the country. On relocating from London to Yorkshire in 2017, he took up the position of Musical Director of St Peter’s Consort, one of Yorkshire’s premier chamber choirs and Director of Music at St Matthew’s, Carver Street, Sheffield as well as working as a full time maths teacher at UTC Sheffield.