Choral Workshop with Philip Stopford
|“Make a joyful noise unto God, all the earth;
sing the glory of his name;
give to him glorious praise.”
Philip Stopford (b. 1977) began his
musical career as a Chorister at
Westminster Abbey. He was a major music
scholar at Bedford School and Organ
Scholar at Truro Cathedral. Philip read
music at Keble College, Oxford, where he
was Organ Scholar and directed the
College Chapel Choir. After a year as
Organ Scholar at Canterbury Cathedral,
Philip was appointed Assistant Organist at
Chester Cathedral. He then moved to
Northern Ireland in January 2003 to take
up the post of Director of Music at St
Anne's Cathedral Belfast, where he
recruited and trained the
Cathedral Choir both for the regular services and special services. Philip was
in charge of the Cathedral Choir during the Centenary Year of Belfast
Cathedral in 2004, for the Consecration of the Spire of Hope and for the
Consecration of Alan Abernethy as Bishop.
Following the controversial decision to axe the post of Director of Music at
St Anne's Cathedral, Philip has flourished in his already established
composing career, selling over 175,000 copies of his music across America.
Performances of his music have been heard at Canterbury, Chester, Truro,
Worcester, Winchester, Gloucester, York, Portsmouth and Carlisle
Cathedrals. The Choir of Truro Cathedral have recently released Do not be
afraid, a CD devoted entirely to Philip’s choral music. This CD reached the
Top 20 Specialist Musical Classical Charts in June 2013.
In 2013, Philip was voted into the Classic FM Hall of Fame with his setting
of the Coventry Carol Lully Lulla Lullay.
Engagements in 2013 include workshops, concerts and services in England,
Northern Ireland, The Republic of Ireland, The Isle of Man, Jersey, The
Netherlands, Germany, and in the USA, Philadelphia, St Louis, New York,
Chicago, Prescott AZ and Mobile AL.
More information can be found at www.ecclesium.co.uk, www.facebook.
com/philipstopfordmusic. His YouTube channel has a range of videos of
performances of his music and that of others, www.youtube.
British composer Philip Stopford led a choral workshop on Saturday,
November 23, from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM at St. Mary's Catholic Church,
Mobile, Alabama. We worked on seven of Mr. Stopford's pieces, and then
presented a concert on Sunday, November 24, at 3:00 PM at St. Mary's.
The workshop was open to all singers in the area.