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Philip White

Professorial Staff - Trombone


Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
Faculty of Music
King Charles Court
Old Royal Naval College
SE10 9JF

Tel: +44 (0)20 8305 4444

Area of Work

Wind, Brass & Percussion Department


Born in London but brought up in Kent, Philip started playing the trombone aged 8. At 13 he became a founder member of the National Children’s Orchestra and at 14 entered the junior department of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Here he studied with Leon Taylor and two years later won the coveted brass prize. Upon leaving school, Philip went to the Royal College of Music, where he spent four years studying with John Iveson and Arthur Wilson. He graduated with a GRM Hons degree and a ARCM performing diploma. Throughout Philip’s career, he has worked with many diverse groups and ensembles. Earlier in his career, he worked on cruise ships and in touring and West End shows such as Chess, Fiddler on the Roof, The Sound of Music, Guys and Dolls, The Lion King, Cats, Starlight Express and The Wizard of Oz. He is a regular performer with cutting edge contemporary music ensembles such as the London Sinfonietta, Ensemble Modern and the Britten Sinfonia. His orchestral work has been where Philip has spent the most part of his career so far. He has freelanced with most of the leading UK orchestras such as the London Symphony, BBC Symphony, BBC Concert, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Bournemouth Symphony, City of Birmingham Symphony, Welsh Opera, English National Opera and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. In 2001 he was appointed 2nd Trombone in the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, a position he held until 2010 when he moved to the same position in the Philharmonia Orchestra.