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Philip Stopford Biography

Philip Stopford

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Born: 1977. Living in: England

Philip has been composing choral music since 1996, mainly for the choirs he was directing. At Oxford, the Keble Missa Brevis was composed for the College Choir and premiered at the service of Corporate Communion in the Chapel followed by formal dinner with visitors from the Keble Parishes. Jesus Christ the Apple Tree and the Keble Canticles (first performed in York Minster) were also written for the College Choir, and the Hymn to the Creator for the final service of Chaplain John Davies.

At Chester Cathedral, Philip composed God be in my head (2000) and A child is born in Bethlehem for the Cathedral Nave Choir. If ye love me and The King of love my shepherd is were composed for the main Cathedral Choir. During this time, Philip also composed the Te Deum (for choir and orchestra) for the Leighton Buzzard Festival Singers 50th Anniversary Concert. The wedding anthem Come down O love divine was written for Hazel and Geoff, associated with Chester Cathedral.

Philip composed a substantial amount of music for the choir of St Anne's Cathedral, Belfast including For the beauty of the earth and Ave Maria. In 2004, the Belfast Centenary Eucharist was composed for the Centenary Celebrations, and Hope for the Consecration of the Spire of Hope in 2007, in the presence of the Bishop of New York.

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