Philip G W Henderson
Composer Philip G W Henderson joined Radio Luxembourg in 1969 to compose station jingles and later was signed as a contract songwriter by the Carlin Music Corporation of America. Philip then orchestrated and performed on the concept album 'The Road' with the Heather Brothers, Steve Hackett and their band 'Quiet World'. He subsequently orchestrated Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett's 'Prizefighters' performed by Bonnie Tyler on Steve's Feedback 86 album.
With Michael Ward providing the lyric, 'Symphony for My Love' went Platinum in Europe.
Under the pseudonym, Philip le Breton, Philip produced several instrumental CDs , including Magical Encounters. All recently re - issued by Spiral Music.
In 2005 Philip composed the musical score for The Far Pavilions which ran for six months in London's West End at the Shaftesbury Theatre. A CD of the score featuring The City of London Sinfonia conducted by Philip was released on Stage Door Records in 2009.
A concert of Philip's classical music was held at Cadogan Hall, London in 2010 featuring his works published by Edition Peters (London).
Philip's choral music is performed around the world. His major choral work '17 Poets', which he conducted in Shanghai in Feb 2015, was performed by the International Schools Choral Music Society.
Philip's work for solo cello and orchestra, 'On the Beach with Alice', was performed by cellist Jacob Shaw in Beijing in November 2013.
During 2015 he recorded three new songs with the Prague Philharmonic orchestra, and Olivier award winning singer/actor Paul Baker performed Philip's song 'Brighter By Far' in the West End and on Broadway.
In 2016 Philip formed the chamber ensemble 'The Green & Pleasant Band'. Their concept album 'From the Old World to the New World' is to be released on The Divine Art record label soon.
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- Philip's writing for the strings is excellent!
- Michael Kennedy CBE
- 'Philip has developed into a fine composer.'
- Sir George Martin
- The Hop-picker's Daughter (string quartet) Wonderful. I really enjoyed this!'
- Em Marshall - Artistic Director English Music Festival
- 'Philip Henderson is a phenomenal talent with a passionate dedication to his music.'
- Steve Hackett(Genesis)
- 'One thinks at first that the idiom is akin to, say, Robin Milford, but its (The Magic Wood) freshness soon burgeons into a lissome, rather folk - ish minimalism... also hints that Henderson knows his Janacek in the nicely jagged rhythms he employs. His accelerandi are exciting... quietly musing strings, temolandi acting as a cushion for the turning and twisting folk voicings of the solo strings... hushed intensity and expectation slowly gives way to a more protean power in the strings. Song of the trees shivers and sways, thinning to single voices, sounding rather filmic.... ending freshly.'
- Jonathan Woolf(musicweb - international
- Henderson is not as austere as any of the American minimalist composer's of Reich's generation. Despite the minimalist textures, this music is rich melody and motivic manipulation. The idea of representing travel through music is another link with Different Trains, and Henderson is wise to pick up on Reich's techniques for associating steady musical progress with the sensations of physical movement associated with travel. On its own "Tilbury Docks" seems like little more than a sampler, but one that promises much, and that suggests the full suite is an impressive work indeed.
- Gavin Dixon