During this time, Philip was pleased to be involved in many areas of the liturgical life of the cathedral; as well as the daily opus Dei (the daily round of choral services), Philip participated in television and radio broadcasts, CD recordings, concerts, and choir tours to Canada, Germany, France, Holland and Ireland, as well as venues in the United Kingdom.
In 2008, Philip embarked upon an exciting project, in conjunction with the Cathedral Choir School, to found a choir of girl choristers, giving girls the opportunity to benefit from a chorister education.
The choir is very much a congregational leadership choir, learning hymns, psalms, motets as well as the Gregorian chant Masses. If you wish to join the Voluntary choir, please send an email to: Philip Arkwright - Organist & Master of the Music The Abbey is fast becoming a centre for the arts (and sacred music especially) in the South West, hosting a busy and successful concert series.
As well as the Abbey Choir, which gives four concerts annually, the Abbey is used as a base by a number of local choirs.
The Abbey has a sublime acoustics and is an inspiring building in which to make music in.
If you would are interested in bringing your choir to sing as part of the concert series, please email Philip Arkwright at Pre-Concert Two Course Meal Attending a concert at the Abbey?
He was formally the Organist and Assistant Director of Music at the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, Liverpool.
He studied at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and Christ’s and Notre Dame College in Liverpool and was Organ Scholar at Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral studying with Noel Rawsthorne, Terence Duffy and Philip Duffy. Oswald and St Edmund Arrowsmith, Ashton-in-Makerfield, Lancashire.
The girls’ choir very quickly matured, and under his direction was recognised as the leading choir of girl choristers in the country.
The girls’ choir also developed a series of broadcasts, recordings and tours.
Interestingly, the last tour Philip organised with the girls’ choir and lay clerks of the cathedral, was to Buckfast Abbey.
Philip was pleased that the Abbey was the last place he ever conducted the girls’ choir, in his new post!
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