Philip Pooley M.A. Oxon

Philip started his musical education as a chorister at St Paul’s Cathedral under Barry Rose. Having attended Marlborough College as a Music Scholar, he was awarded a Choral Scholarship to Christ Church, Oxford, where he sang under the direction of Stephen Darlington. He studied Singing at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama under Theresa Goble and Sarah Walker, and latterly John Llewelyn Evans.

He has sung with many of the UK’s and Europe’s leading chamber choirs, including The Sixteen, The Academy of Ancient Music, The English Concert, The Cardinal’s Music, Vocal Ensemble Currende, and most regularly the Huelgas Ensemble of which he was the youngest debutant.

He was also a permanent member of the Choir of the Brompton Oratory under both Andrew Carwood and Patrick Russill,

As well as chamber choirs, Philip worked for many years in the field of opera. After an initial stint in the Chorus at The Royal Opera, Covent Garden, he was a regular member of Glyndebourne Festival and Touring Opera. In 2003 he started a 12 year stint with Welsh National Opera, where he performed several roles and understudies.

Philip has been a regular soloist in the field of Oratorio, venues for this have included St John’s Smith Square, The Fairfield Hall, Exeter Cathedral, Blackburn Cathedral, Portsmouth Cathedral, and St Michael’s Cathedral Brussels.

Philip first teaching post was at the Royal Grammar School, Worcester. In 2014 he was appointed as a Singing Teacher at Sherborne School, and later at Kingswood School Bath, and Dauntsey’s School. Although specialising in the tenor voice, he has gained great success across the board, many of his students attaining choral scholarships and conservatoire placements.