Peter Phillips was educated at Winchester College and at St John’s College, Oxford, where he was Organ Scholar between 1972 and 1975 and read music under David Wulstan and Bernard Rose. In 1973 he founded the Tallis Scholars, with whom he has now appeared in over 2000 concerts and made over fifty discs, encouraging interest in polyphony all over the world. He taught at the Royal College of Music until 1988, since when he has devoted himself to concert-giving and recording. In addition to the Tallis Scholars, he has worked with many other specialist ensembles; he currently appears regularly with the Choeur de Chambre de Namur, Intrada of Moscow, Musica Reservata of Barcelona and the Tudor Choir of Seattle. He has made numerous television and radio appearances, on BBC Radio 4 and the World Service as well as on German, French, Canadian and North American radio, where he has enjoyed deploying his love of languages. Peter also works extensively with the BBC Singers.
As well as leading choral workshops annually in Venice, Barcelona, Rimini and Évora, Peter is Artistic Director of the Tallis Scholars Summer Schools – annual choral courses based in Uppingham (UK), Seattle (USA) and Sydney (Australia), dedicated to exploring the heritage of Renaissance choral music and developing an appropriate performance style. He has contributed a music column to the Spectator magazine for thirty years, and is the publisher of The Musical Times. In 2005 he was made a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Minister of Culture, a decoration intended to honour individuals who have contributed to the understanding of French culture in the world. Peter first worked in Merton College Chapel in 1974, since when, first with the Tallis Scholars and BBC Singers and now as a Reed Rubin Director of Music and Bodley Fellow in the College, he has returned to make many broadcasts and recordings.