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Portrait photo of Phillip Scott

Phillip Scott came to the United Kingdom from his native USA and trained as a pianist and clarinettist at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

He has conducted some of the UK’s most highly regarded youth bands and orchestras including the Wiltshire Youth Orchestra (assisting Lionel Friend with the preparation of Act I of Wagner’s Siegfried), the Wells Cathedral School Symphony Orchestra and, at the Royal Festival Hall and Royal Albert Hall, the East Sussex Youth Orchestra.

Currently, Phillip is the conductor of the Tower Hamlets Youth Orchestra, the Buckinghamshire Youth Wind Ensemble, the Hampshire County Youth Wind Ensemble and the National Youth Wind Ensemble of Great Britain.

He has conducted the National Youth Wind Ensemble since its foundation in 1998, making his BBC Proms/Radio 3 debut with them in August 2000.  He has appeared with NYWE at the 2003, 2007 and 2011 International Conferences of the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE) and conducted the Ensemble on their East Asia Tour in July 2011.

A champion of the cause of contemporary music, Phillip has commissioned major British composers including Joseph Phibbs, Philip Grange, Kenneth Hesketh and Jacques Cohen.

He commissioned Philip Grange’s Cloud Atlas and gave the world premiere at the 2009 Cheltenham Music Festival.  In 2010, Cloud Atlas won the British Composer Award in its class.  His CD of the wind music of Philip Grange, with NYWE and the clarinettist Sarah Williamson, appeared on the Prima Facie label in 2013.

In April 2016, Phillip gave the world premiere of Kenneth Hesketh’s In Ictu Oculi – 3 Meditations for Wind Orchestra, an important new work which was performed by the National Youth Wind Ensemble at the Royal College of Music, London.

In 1986, while he was Head of Woodwind at Wells – one of the four specialist music schools in England – he became founder conductor of the Wells Cathedral School Wind Ensemble.  He returned to this group in 2009 as guest conductor, giving a memorable performance of Michael Colgrass’s Winds of Nagual.