Before becoming an opera singer he was a member of The Swingle Singers and made recordings as a session and jazz singer, including being the polar bear in the best selling video of Raymond Briggs "The Bear" by Howard Blake
As an opera singer he is best known for his creation of slightly off the wall characters such as Terry Bond in Benedict Mason's opera "Playing Away", Fenton in "63 Dream Palace" by Hans Jurgen Von Bose and Alonso in "The Tempest" by Thomas Ades
Philip is also a qualified tennis coach and keen cyclist and walker. He climbed Kilimanjaro in 2005.
He is married to coloratura-soprano Eileen Hulse, and has a daughter Lucy who is studying history at the University of Durham.