Biography of Barnes Philip:
Born in England, Philip Barnes was educated at the Manchester Grammar School, and then at the universities of Bristol, of Manchester and at King's College, London, receiving degrees in Latin & Greek, music, and education. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Philip Barnes sang in numerous British choirs, including Bristol, Wells, and Hereford Cathedrals, and in London at St. Margaret's Church Westminster, St. Martin's-in-the-fields, and the Tower of London. In 1988 he accepted an appointment in the USA, to chair the Classics department at the John Burroughs School, St. Louis, and soon added to this the artistic directorship of the St. Louis Chamber Chorus, a prominent professional chamber choir in the American Midwest. With this ensemble he has directed almost one hundred different programmes, and earned an enviable reputation for the breadth and depth of his repertoire. He has directed virtually all the a cappella works by the German Romantics, together with most of the choral output of Vaughan Williams, Holst and other leading British composers of the 20th century. He is also very experienced in the performance of Renaissance works, and has given countless American and world premières by some of today's leading composers in the USA, Britain and around the globe. Philip Barnes has performed on numerous television and radio broadcasts, sung on movie soundtracks, and recorded twenty commercial discs, including seven with the St. Louis Chamber Chorus. He has directed workshops in England and the USA, and has performed either as a singer or a conductor in many European countries. He co-founded the chamber ensemble MUSICA MISSOURI in 1998, and with this group he has undertaken highly successful concert tours in Italy, Spain and Portugal.