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Philip Collingham (Cello) Profile

Philip's Orchestral bookings include …

  • Orchestras: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, MULTI-STORY ORCHESTRA, Mozart Festival Orchestra.
  • Orchestras (Opera/Ballet): Opera Holland Park.
  • Chamber Orchestras: Apollo Chamber Orchestra, Orpheus Sinfonia, Sinfonia Verdi, South London Sinfonia.
  • Shows: Into the Woods, Ragtime, West Side Story.
  • Sessions: Isobel Griffiths.

other items of interest …

  • LSO: Trafalger Square
  • Multi-Story Orchestra
  • Mealos Sinfonia - Princ Cellist
  • Sinfonia d'Amici - Co-Princ Cellist
  • Regular work with Orpheus Sinfonia
  • Shadwell Opera's production of Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunarie- Principal Cellist
  • Various Choral dates, including The Fourth Choir, London Oriana Choir, and Fulham Camerata

Philip's orchestral training includes

  • Principal Cello for GSM&D productions
  • GSM&D Symphony Orchestra-, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda at the Barbican
  • RNCM Chamber Orchestra- Principal Cellist, and other various RNCM orchestras
  • Kantanti Ensemble (November 2014)- Principal Cellist

Philip's chamber music work includes

  • Shostakovic Quartet No. 3- at Southwark Cathedral (2013)
  • RNCM Cellos Ensemble (2009-12) and 1st Cello (2012)
  • Dmitri Quartet

Philip's solo work includes

  • 'Music in Tregwynt'-1st movement of Chopin's Cello Sonata at Tregwynt Mansion (2013)
  • 'RNCM Chamber Music Festival'- Debussey Cello Sonata at RNCM Concert Hall
  • Regularly competed in the Barbirolli Cello Prize at RNCM

Since graduating in 2014, Philip has had the opportunities to work with many freelance Orchestras and groups such as Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (BSO), the Multi-Story Orchestra (for the BBC Proms), Shadwell Opera (solo/principal cello), Orpheus Sinfonia, Mozart Festival Orchestra, and Verdi Sinfonia, and is also on the extras list for Opera North since 2016. In October 2018 he started a trial for the job of 'Tutti Cello' with BSO. Highlights from the past year include performing Sir Peter Maxwell Davies 'The Lighthouse' with Shadwell Opera, and Messiaens 'Turangalila' with BSO for BBC Radio 3.

Philip started playing the Piano when he was 4 years old and the Cello when he was 7. He attended Junior Guildhall from 1997 to 2008, studying with Gillian Thoday, which gave him opportunities to play in venues such as St John's Smith Square (London), Snape Maltings and The Barbican. He also performed solo works in St Martins in the Field, the Cardiff Millennium Centre Foyer and to Vladimir Ashkenazy. During his time at Junior Guildhall Philip won third place in the Lutine Prize.

In 2003 he joined Pro Corda (a prestigious Chamber music course) and the National Youth Strings Academy. During this time he played under the baton of Sir Neville Mariner in 2005 and 2007 and enjoyed tours to San Francisco in 2006 and Italy in 2007 where the ensemble played to Lady Walton.

In 2008 Philip won a scholarship to the Royal Northern College of Music, studying with Hannah Roberts for four years. During this time he was principal Cellist of RNCM orchestras on several occasions, competed in the Barbirolli Cello Prize, and The Sevenoaks Young Musician of the Year. He also gained the opportunity to perform the Debussy Sonata at the 2012 RNCM Chamber Music Festival with his duo partner, Chenfang He.

In 2012 Philip graduated from the RNCM with a 1st and moved to London to continue his education at Master's degree level at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, studying with Richard Lester. During his Master's he had the opportunities to participate in many GSMD orchestral projects, including working with Valery Gergiev, recording for a documentary film on Benjamin Britten for Sky TV, and playing with the LSO in Trafalgar Square.

During his studies Philip had the pleasure of participating in many solo mater classes. These included with Ralph Kirshbaum and Gary Hoffman at the RNCM, and with Tim Hugh, Rebecca Gilliver, Gregor Horsch, and Robert DeMaine at GSMD.


Graduate studies

  • July 2014: Guildhall School of Music and Drama: Masters of Music (Advanced Instrumental Studies)
  • July 2012: Royal Northern College of Music: Bachelor of Music (Hons)- Classification: 1st

Prizes and Awards

  • Distinction in final recital at GSMD as part of master's degree
  • First in third year final recital

TeachersRichard Lester, Hannah Roberts, Gillian Thoday.
Masterclasses: Valery Gergieve, Gregor Hosch, Tim Hugh, Robert DeMaine, Rebecca Gilliver, Ralph Kirshbaum and Gary Hoffman

Philip joined Morgensterns in August 2014

Philip's web profile was last updated 28th Mar 2019


Philip Collingham (Cello) Profile

Teaching experience

  • Mentor on the autumn 2013 English Schools Orchestra course
  • Teaches several students privately in cello and piano


Philip Collingham (Cello) Profile

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