Conductor Tom Briers
Canadian born, Phillip Brunton began his musical studies on the saxophone, specializing in the classical repertoire while also enjoying the Jazz opportunities given to this instrument. By the age of 18, he was recipient of numerous Canadian competition and awards, including his University Concerto Competition in his 1st year of Study. An interest in the orchestral repertoire led Phillip to change his studies to clarinet, graduating with an Honours Bachelor of Music Degree in Orchestral Performance.
Conducting studies followed under the guidance of Canadian Conductor, Victor Sawa including two consecutive summer courses at the Pierre Monteux School for Advanced Conductors, studying with the late, Charles Bruck. Working as a freelance woodwind specialist, orchestral experience was fostered in playing with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra during his time in Canada.
Moving to England with his British wife, Phillip now lives in Letchworth Garden City, Hertfordshire. With a love for his family and music, Phillip enjoys sharing his musical passion through teaching, playing and conducting. Phillip works for Hertfordshire Music Service, has published a series of music books, enjoys coaching ensembles, and is eager to develop his outreach teaching, having accumulated over 100,000 viewers on one of his music teaching YouTube postings. Phillip is mentored by Conductor, Composer and Music Educator, Michael Rose and has been Music Director for the Stevenage Symphony Orchestra since 2007.