CONDUCTOR / TRAINER
Phillip Scott has conducted some of the UK’s most highly regarded youth orchestras and wind ensembles, including the Wiltshire Youth Orchestra (assisting Lionel Friend with the preparation of
Act 1 of Wagner’s Siegfried), the Wells Cathedral School Orchestra and, at the Royal Festival Hall and Royal Albert Hall, the East Sussex Youth Orchestra.
He has been conductor of the Tower Hamlets Youth Orchestra since 2016 and toured with them to Leipzig and Dresden in July 2019. Since 2018, he has been conductor of the Tri-borough Youth Orchestra, which draws students from the London Boroughs of Westminster, Kensington & Chelsea and Hammersmith & Fulham.
Phillip has been the conductor of the National Youth Wind Ensemble of Great Britain since 1993, celebrating his 25th year with them in 2018. He made his BBC Proms/Radio 3 debut with NYWE in August 2000 and, in Sweden, Ireland and Taiwan, appeared with them at international WASBE Conferences.
A champion of the cause of contemporary music, Phillip has commissioned major British composers for many years. Two of these commissions, written for and premiered by the National Youth Wind Ensemble – Philip Grange’s Cloud Atlas and Kenneth Hesketh’s In Ictu Oculi – were honoured with a British Composer Award.
Primarily a conductor and trainer of youth orchestras and wind ensembles, Phillip also coaches wind chamber groups and offers CPD training to conductors of youth orchestras and youth wind bands, demonstrating how to make their rehearsals more effective.
An experienced adjudicator of competitions and festivals, Phillip is also available for masterclasses and guest conducting engagements.
Dmitri Shostakovich - Suite for Variety Orchestra
Commonly referred to as “Jazz Suite no. 2”. The six movements display great variety of mood, in Shostakovich’s lightest style. The second of the Suite's two Waltzes achieved worldwide success in Stanley Kubrick’s 1999 film Eyes Wide Shut. Light, yes… but, in this vein, Shostakovich’s work is “like a cross between circus music and a suicide note”.
“In his first two years with us, Phillip Scott has made a real impact in his work with the Tower Hamlets Youth Orchestra. The standard in every section has lifted substantially, and we are now able to address the demands of serious repertoire, including pieces by Bizet, Sibelius and Tchaikovsky. Above all, we have been pleased with the quality and depth of his orchestral training. Phillip is building for the long-term success of the Orchestra; the students sense this and are fully engaged with their work.”
JAK BERRY, TOWER HAMLETS YOUTH ORCHESTRA