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Paul Philbert



Dip TCL and Diploma - 1996

My time at Trinity Laban was wonderful, and essential to launching my career as a professional musician. Both the academic and instrumental departments were excellent, and offered me access to an invaluable and boundless font of musical and practical wisdom, that I continue to reference to this very day.

Paul Philbert
Paul Philbert


Paul Philbert completed a Dip TCL and Diploma in timpani and percussion, graduating in 1996. He has performed internationally in countries including USA, Germany, Austria, Italy, Norway and New Zealand before becoming the founding Section Principal Timpanist with the newly formed Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra in Kuala Lumpur. During Paul’s time in Malaysia, he conducted masterclasses and workshops and toured internationally with the orchestra. Since then, Paul has played with many orchestras including the BBC Philharmonic, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the Philharmonia, BBC Symphony, Seoul Philharmonic, the Hallé, Royal Philharmonic and Bournemouth Symphony. Paul was Principal Timpanist with the Orchestra of Opera North UK for three years and is currently Section Principal Timpanist with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Principal Timpanist with Chineke! Orchestra.