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, which represents a welcome return to my musical roots and heritage. My choral composing has included many commissions, especially for Gloucester Cathedral, as well as works for the cathedral choirs of Worcester, Hereford and Brecon. In 2019 this led to holidays in Malta and Rome to hear choirs performing my music.
I married Claire MacDonald in 1991 and we settled in Worcester. Claire grew up playing Scottish & Irish folk music with her family and this had a big impact on my musical creativity for years. I wrote and arranged the music for our band Kings & Folk. We performed many times at music festivals, in village halls, churches, pubs and other venues, indoors and outdoors!
Music I wrote for our CDs 'from Root to Sky' and 'Branching Out' has been played on Radio 3, Radio Scotland, 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 a software engineer in London. Our youngest son Michael is now working as a Junior Doctor in Bristol.
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 Tolkien, Dickens and Tudor history, and I seem to have a fondness for old things such as stone circles, cathedrals, country pubs and churches.