The Winchmore String Orchestra
Profile of the conductor
Philip Gibson was born in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. Having played the violin from an early age, his interest in conducting was aroused during student days at Oxford where the University musical life afforded many opportunities to direct concerts and opera.
Having qualified as a teacher Philip taught music for a short time before spending three years in the BBC's post graduate training orchestra, the Academy of the BBC in Bristol. During this time he continued his violin studies with Tessa Robbins and, subsequently, the legendary Sasha Lasserson.
Since 1975 Philip has been based in London, playing for 16 years as a member of the BBC Concert Orchestra.
Since becoming freelance in 1991 much of his energy has been channelled into furthering his conducting activities, working frequently on BBC radio and also working with both amateur and professional orchestras in the UK, Europe and the Far East.
He has conducted at both the Royal Festival Hall and the Barbican.
He is leader of the Amici Chamber Orchestra and directs his own orchestra, the Aeolian Sinfonia either from the leader's chair or the conductor's podium as circumstances dictate.
As a conductor Philip has made a series of CDs of popular classics with the London Symphony Orchestra which have been released in the UK, Japan and the USA.
While continuing as a busy freelance violinist, Philip has conducted a number of amateur orchestras in and around London.