Philip Underwood was born in Chester in 1957 and began his musical studies with R.A. Sutton, whilst a pupil at the King's School.

In 1976, he became a student at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester where his organ teachers included Ronald Frost and Gillian Weir. Whilst at the college, he gained the diplomas of FRCO, ARCM and GRNCM.

In 1991, Philip gained the degree of Master of Music at Liverpool University, following research into the History, Technique and Repertoire of the Organ from 1450.




During this period, his organ teachers were Jennifer Bate and Terence Duffy.His finals culminated in a public recital at Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral.Philip's early career was spent in education, firstly as Organist and Choirmaster of Solihull School and subsequently as Organist and Assistant Director of Music at Worksop College.

In September 1987, Philip embarked on a new career as a performer and private teacher.From 1988 to 1997 he was Director of Music at Christ Church West Didsbury in Manchester.During this period he established an annual recital series including lecture/recital "Experiences" devoted to Bach, Franck and Mozart.

In November 2000, Philip became Organist and Director of Music at St.John the Divine,Brooklands, Sale.

During the last ten years, Philip has performed extensively throughout Britain and abroad. Notable venues have included:



Bangor Blackburn Bury St Edmunds
Chester Coventry Inverness
Leicester Liverpool Metropolitan Newcastle
Peterborough Ripon Sheffield
St.Pol de Leon Bristol Liverpool Anglican






St Peter's, Bournemouth St Martin's, Bowness St Botolph's, Boston Stump
St Mary Redcliffe, Bristol Cartmel Priory Cirencester Parish Church
Cromer Parish Church Grasmere Parish Church Halifax Parish Church
St Michael's, Hawkshead St James the Great, Hebden Bridge St Mary Le Tower, Ipswich
St Mary's, Kirkby Lonsdale St John the Baptist, Knaresborough Lancaster Priory
St Martin in the Fields, London St Laurence's, Ludlow St Wilfrid's, Northenden
St Anne's, Manchester All Saints', Oakham St George's, Preston
Romsey Abbey Sherborne Abbey St. Paul's, Stalybridge
Shrewsbury Abbey St Chad's, Shrewsbury St Mary's, Shrewsbury
Our Lady's, Stockport St George's, Stockport St Mary's, Stockport
St Peter's, Stowmarket Holy Trinity, Stratford upon Avon Tickhill Parish Church
Ulverston Parish Church St Peter's, Waverton St Gile's, Wrexham
Christ Church, West Didsbury Solihull School Carlton Parish Church
Ribbleton Parish Church Worksop College St. Elisabeth's, Reddish
St.Luke's, Holmes Chapel St Thomas, Bedford-Leigh St Francis Xavier, Liverpool
St Oswald's, Lower Peover St Mary's, Denbigh St Mary the Virgin, Swanage
St Peter's, Burnley St Nicholas, Blakeney St Peter's, Sheringham
St Nicholas, North Walsham St Margaret's, Thorpe Market St Andrew's, Gorleston
St Andrew, Blofield St Nicholas, Dereham St Mary's, Little Melton
Holy Trinity, Long Melford St John the Baptist, Dronfield St Paul's, Bedford
St Werburgh's, Chester St Martin's Scarborough St Mary's Haxby, York


1991 North Germany, 1995 Brittany, 1996 North Germany, 2001 Dorset, 2002 Norfolk/Suffolk

Philip has made two commercial recordings and has appeared on BBC local radio.






For a lunchtime recital with rehearsal time during the morning £60



For a full evening recital with rehearsal time during the afternoon £120

I am equally happy to present a full evening recital or a short lunch time concert. I am quite used to giving recitals whilst the building remains open to the general public. I particularly enjoy communicating with an audience through informal introductions to the works to be played.