Marguerite L. Brooks, conductor
U.S. premiere of Philip Moore’s Requiem, and other works. Thomas Murray, organ.
Philip Moore was born in London in 1943. He received his musical education at the Royal College of Music. His career has since led him through a succession of the UK’s most respected choral institutions, where he has built on his expertise on the great Cathedral performance traditions.
During his student years he was Organist and Choirmaster at St. Gabriel’s Church, Cricklewood, and on graduating in 1965 he was appointed to the music staff at Eton College. In 1968 he moved to become Assistant Organist at Canterbury Cathedral, and in 1974 he succeeded Dr. Barry Rose as Organist and Master of the Choristers at Guildford Cathedral.
Moor has written music for each of the choirs with whom he has been associated, and also to commission from many others. The music is published by a large range of publishers, which include Banks Music Publications, Basil Ramsey Publications, Belwin-Mills, Cathedral Music, Church Music Society, Encore Publications, Kenwood, Kevin Mayhew, Music Sales, the Royal School of Church Music, and Thames Publications. In recent years, three more international publishers have joined the list: Faber Music has published Lo, God is here, OUP has included his Magnificat in B-Flat in Advent for Choirs, and Boosey & Hawkes has published the much-performed Three Prayers of Dietrich Bonheoffer. In 2015 Moore was elected to a two-year term serving the Royal College of Organists as President.
(bio adapted from Choral Connections)