I was born in 1962 in Herefordshire, UK, a county I still love for its quiet natural beauty.
I was a chorister at Hereford Cathedral, which gave me a brilliant musical education - approximately 12 practices and 8 services a week, including 3 services every Sunday.
From my early teens I loved improvising at the piano and writing music. I studied organ with Roy Massey, the organist of Hereford cathedral, passing the A.R.C.O. organ diploma at the age of 17.
I was a pupil at Hereford Cathedral School, then organ scholar at St. Peter’s College, Oxford University. I have a BA (1st class) in Music from Oxford.
As a composer in the last 10 years I have focussed mainly on writing classical choral music, particularly sacred works. This has included many commissions, especially for Gloucester Cathedral, as well as works for the cathedral choirs of Worcester, Hereford and Brecon.
In 1991 I married Claire McDonald and we settled in Worcester. Claire is a music teacher and fiddler from Scotland and my love of folk music grew over the years as a result of our playing together. I have written a lot of pieces for us to play, particularly with our band Kings & Folk. We have performed in many musical festivals, folk clubs, country churches and village halls over the years. Our CDs have been played on BBC Radio 3 & Radio Scotland, French radio and various local BBC stations.
We have 3 sons. Our eldest, James, is a professional music producer in London; he was part of the electronic dance music duo NVOY for several years and now works on bespoke sync work for adverts. www.jamesphilipking.com.
Our middle son, David, did a maths degree at Oxford University and is now a software engineer in London and our youngest, Michael, is completing his medical degree this year in Nottingham.
I enjoy listening to many different kinds of music – from medieval to modern classical, jazz to electronic dance music - and this is reflected in my teaching work, both privately and at Worcester Sixth Form College, where I have been the principal piano teacher for 25 years.
As a pianist I have performed in my own works at the Three Choirs Festival, with the English String Orchestra, at Birmingham Town Hall, Kings Place London and Worcester cathedral.
When not sitting at a piano I love being out in sunshine, fresh air and good countryside, especially walking on the Malvern Hills, or by the seaside.
I also like reading: particular favourites include Dickens and Tudor history, and I seem to have a fondness for old things such as stone circles, cathedrals, country pubs and churches.