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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 playing timpani


Paul Philbert MBE completed a Dip TCL and Diploma in timpani and percussion, graduating in 1996. He was the founding Section Principal Timpanist with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra. During this time, he conducted masterclasses and workshops and toured internationally with the orchestra. Since then, Paul has performed internationally and played with many orchestras including the BBC Philharmonic, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the Philharmonia, BBC Symphony, Seoul Philharmonic, the Hallé, Royal Philharmonic and BBC Concert. Paul was Principal Timpanist with the Orchestra of Opera North UK for three years and is currently Section Principal Timpanist and a Player-Director with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, a timpani tutor at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Principal Timpanist with the Chineke! Orchestra. He sits on the Board of Directors for Sistema Scotland, Direct Mediation Services and Spectrum Culture Exchange. In 2020 Paul was awarded an MBE for services to music in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.