If I didn’t like Phil so much, I’d have to hate him, he’s way too talented. I have no hesitation in recommending him as a pianist, arranger or facilitator of music for any age or expertise. Phil is your one stop musical shop.

Zita FrithVocalist performed with Scarlet Street

Phil is one of the finest educators and musicians I have ever come across. His care for the success of his students is truly second to none, and his ability to define student requisites and design courses that offer the very best education possible, irrespective of resources, is something that many revere and even more have benefitted from. He is a man of integrity and talent, and I cannot recommend him highly enough, in either an educational or musical role.

Jamie McCredieSession musician & music educatorperformed with Kid Creole

When faced with the prospect of writing Phil a testimonial, I was filled with ideas of what I could write.  However, I soon realised nothing I could say could possibly illustrate how knowledgeable and talented he is as a both a teacher and musician.  His enthusiasm, like-ability and great understanding of music manages to make his lessons not only interesting, but easy to understand.  He’s managed to take me from not really having a clue to becoming thoroughly confident with music theory and I cannot recommend him enough.

Stef FishMusic Student

I’ve worked with Phil as he project managed a music business training course we delivered. He was incredibly supportive at all times and was instrumental in the development and implementation of the programme on a national level. When we needed to look at a new opportunity he helped re-shape the delivery model and advised us on how to manage this with the awarding body. Phil is an asset to any organisation or project he works with.

Damian BaetensDirectorMusic Business Training

Phil has proven to be a multifaceted and skilled musician, composer and arranger. As a creative force, Phil is both tasteful and capable of generating original and remarkable ideas. Phil injects enthusiasm and a genuine passion to all of the projects he works on. My admiration for his musicianship and professionalism is endless. I consider it an absolute privilege to have worked with Phil for so long and look forward to working with him for many years to come.

Chris CowanClaypath

Phil has shown outstanding skill in developing curriculum.  He is relentless in raising standards and understands the importance of relationship building. He recognises the importance of meeting the needs of students and to work innovatively with key partners to ensure that students benefit from professional experiences and networks. His work has been endorsed by the National Skills Academy for Creative and Cultural Skills.

Kevin SmithHead of Group, Creative and CulturalGateshead College

A strong passion and skill for partnership working, Phil supported and engaged with the team here on practical, operational and strategic levels resulting in innovative, new nationally recognised projects, as well as a solid platform to build on for the future. With Phil it felt personal and not just a ‘box ticking” exercise  – demonstrating a commitment to our vision and values with his approach.

Paul DevlinHigher Education & Research ManagerSage Gateshead

Having performed alongside Phil many times, I wholeheartedly recommend him – a virtuoso musician with a refreshing spirit and attitude…

Paul Elliottperformed with Frank Gambale and Shaun Baxter

Phil is an amazing musician, his piano playing is outstanding to say the very least! I would work with him again any time. He is a tremendous guy, team player and loved by everyone.

Lorraine CrosbyVocalistperformed with Bonnie Tyler and Meatloaf

Phil’s innovative approach to curriculum design and commitment to provide high quality learning experiences for students are evident in everything he is involved in. His positive contribution and infectious enthusiasm would be a real asset to any project.

Jennie LawsonHead of Access, One Awards